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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism, School Safety, Energy Storage

What is the state of federalism today? That question anchors the cover story in the current issue of NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine.

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Policymakers Visit a High-Quality Preschool Center on Skid Row

Los Angeles—Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, whose name has been a cultural synonym for urban despair for more than a century, is home to one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States (between 8,000-11,000 people).

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‘Strategic Leadership’ Key to Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

Los Angeles—There was a time when Sergio Garcia, principal at Artesia High School in Los Angeles County, would get hung up on when contacting teachers about job openings in his classrooms.

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Webinar Wednesday: Revitalizing Civics Education in Schools

Millions of American students and adults continue to be unfamiliar with how their government works, leading experts to sound the alarm about a civics education crisis and call for its revitalization.

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Podcast: Reversing 'Summer Slide' Key to Closing Achievement Gaps

The solution to the prevailing achievement gaps in education may be on the horizon, according to experts Matthew Boulay and Representative Barbara Smith Warner. 

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New NCSL Podcast: Summer Learning Program Closing Achievement Gaps

To kick off the summer, this week’s NCSL podcast, “Our American States,” finds host Gene Rose discussing how summer learning programs help close the achievement gap with Matthew Boulay and Representative Barbara Smith Warner (D-Oregon).

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The Principal Pipeline to Success

The role of the principal is at the forefront of school transformation. Research shows school leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors that affect student outcomes.

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Early Learning Legislation in the States: 2018 Update

States are leading the way with creative and timely solutions to support pre-K through third grade education.

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NCSL Commission Visits Schools Meeting Needs of Future

“I don’t get bored anymore. Instead of sitting in full group, I work in small groups on what I need.” That’s how a fourth grader at Parker-Varney Elementary School in Manchester, N.H., described the experience of working with small groups of peers at the same level during a visit by NCSL’s Student-Centered Learning Commission earlier this month.

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Texas Encourages Local Collaboration for School Improvement

The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1882 last year with bipartisan support to offer incentives for partnerships between public school districts and charter school operators.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.