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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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Virginia Democratic Gains Biggest Surprise in Legislative Races

The big surprise among Tuesday's legislative elections was the Democrats' larger-than-expected surge in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Nissan, Tennessee, Team Up For Technology Job Training

State legislative staff saw a public-private partnership in action during a site visit offered as part of the Legislative Education Staff Network Fall Seminar Oct. 2-4 in Nashville.

 

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State and Federal Leaders Tackle Student Debt

Last week, a small bipartisan group of experienced state legislators, legislative staff and executive branch officials met in Washington, D.C., to discuss student loan debt and repayment. 

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The Formidable Task of Reopening Schools in Wake of Hurricanes

Watching the news on Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, I can’t help but think back and remember the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that hit the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Texas in 2005.

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Sunday Is Constitution Day

Constitution Day, celebrated on Sunday this year, is a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

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Secretary DeVos Announces 'Rethink School' Back to School Tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicks off a “Rethink School” back-to-school tour today at select locations across the country. 

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Thursday Webinar: Dual Language Learners

The final webinar in NCSL's Early Care and Education series will focus on policy options and strategies to effectively serve preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English.

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Back to School With Keno-Garten, Opportunity Gaps and Prohibiting Suspension

It’s back to school time for millions of kids across the country, and with the new school year brings several changes initiated by state legislatures.

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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.