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Educating Our Youngest Learners During Challenging Times

NCSL’s State Policy and Research for Early Education (SPREE) bipartisan working group met in a virtual three-day summit to discuss COVID-19’s impact on early learning systems and the methods state policymakers can use to address the challenges.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, created the $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund. This fund provides $13.5 billion in pandemic relief aid for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

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Implementing Racial Justice Curriculum and Standards

Increased efforts to examine state standards promoting racial equity, oppose implicit bias, and encourage curricula that recognize the contributions of minority groups and the complex history and impact of racism in the United States are circulating in the nation’s legislatures.

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State Efforts to Promote Racial Equity in K-12 Schools

Following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, nationwide protests prompted policymakers to newly examine issues of racial justice in institutions, including K-12 schools.

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IDEA at 45: How the Pandemic Affects Students With Disabilities

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), a landmark civil rights law that ensures states and school districts provide a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities.

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The Role Summer Programs Play in Keeping Kids Learning and Engaged

In recent years, educators and policymakers have shifted from using summer as a time for rigid, remedial summer programs to supporting summer learning programs that incorporate a mix of academics and enrichment activities.

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Supreme Court to Decide if Government Policy Changes May Moot a Lawsuit

The question the Supreme Court will decided in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski is whether the government changing a policy after a lawsuit has been filed renders the case moot if the plaintiff has only asked for nominal damages. 

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What Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue Means for States

In a high profile 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the state of Montana cannot exclude religious schools from receiving tax credit-funded scholarships under its school choice program. What do legislators need to know, and what does this decision mean for states?

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SCOTUS Rules U.S. Constitution Overrides State Constitution in Religious School Aid Case

In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution’s Free Exercise Clause allows families to receive tax-credit funded scholarships to attend religious schools regardless of the Montana Constitution’s no-aid to sectarian schools provision.

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Higher Ed in the Age of Covid-19: Resources for State Legislators

The COVID-19 pandemic has left colleges across the country scrambling to plan for the fall of 2020.

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