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How States Are Addressing School Safety

Against the backdrop of the killing of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., state legislatures across the country are considering K-12 school safety measures.

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Category: Education
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“Our American States” podcast: Students and legislatures - a two-way street

In this week’s “Our American States” podcast, we hear from two legislators working actively to engage student’s in their districts by going into the classroom to connect and educate them about representative democracy and the American form of government.

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DOJ Actions to Improve School Security

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) steps to reduce school violence.

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New NCSL Podcast: The Economic Case for Early Childhood Education

This week on NCSL’s podcast, "Our American States," host Gene Rose discusses the economic case for early childhood education (ECE) with Art Rolnick and Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Utah).

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States Leading: NCSL Partners to Showcase Work on Education

NCSL is partnering with other policymaker organizations to highlight innovative policies and best practices to improve the nation’s schools. 

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Category: NCSL, Education
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New NCSL Report Highlights Findings of Early Education Working Group

The NCSL State Policy and Research for Early Education Working Group, known as SPREE, has released a report highlighting its two years of study with early learning experts.

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Long-Term Benefits of Preschool: For Real or Fadeout?

In 2001, Oklahoma became one of the nation’s first states to implement a universal pre-K program. Since then, a large and growing body of evidence has told us that early childhood education programs improve school readiness and reduce achievement gaps.

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Improving Early Learning Through the Every Student Succeeds Act

Implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act has recently been identified by NCSL as a  top 10 issue facing state legislators in 2018.

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Libraries 'even more valuable' in internet era

Don't bother Greg Lucas with the tired trope that the internet means people don't need libraries anymore. 

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Closing Educational Opportunity Gaps Through Early Learning Policies in ESSA

Did you know that before entering kindergarten, low-income students are an average of about one year behind other students in math and reading? Did you know that African-American and Hispanic children begin kindergarten up to 13 months behind?  These are gaps in both opportunity and achievement.

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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.