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American Evolution Celebrates the 'Class of 400' 2019 Virginia House of Delegates

The 400th anniversary of the very first convening of a democratically elected representative body, the House of Burgesses, in what would become the United States is coming up July 30, 2019.

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NCSL Commission Studies Idaho’s Mastery-Based Learning Network

“I think my parents are happy with what we’re doing because I actually get what I need,” says a fourth-grade student at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, Idaho. “Before, things were too easy for me in math—now that we switch classes to the right level, I’m learning more.” At the mastery-based Greenhurst Elementary, fourth-grade students might be working in fifth-grade math standards and third-grade grade literacy standards.

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Pew Report: States Vary in Approach to Outcome Monitoring

With increasing legislative scrutiny on program effectiveness, state legislators use performance management systems, also known as outcome monitoring systems, for guidance. Nearly every state has an outcome monitoring system in place, yet just under half regularly review or audit performance indicators to evaluate success.

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Senator Sara Howard

Nebraska Senator Sara Howard grew up in the district she now serves but she had never envisioned a life in politics.

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Women Legislative Candidates Jump 28 Percent Since 2016

When women run, women win. So, what happens when more women run than ever before? This year is already breaking records for women in state legislatures, as January marked the first time the nationwide share of women serving reached 25 percent.

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Women in Politics Making a Difference: Representative Geran Tarr

Alaska Representative Geran Tarr has had a lifelong interest in community activism and social justice. Before becoming a legislator, she was heavily involved in environmental and women’s issues and spent some time working as a legislative aide. But it was only after a conversation about her future with Representative Sharon Cissna that she considered running for office.

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Representative Amy Loudenbeck

Representative Amy Loudenbeck defies common stereotypes of what a legislator should be like—a one-time firefighter, avid reader (“I have about 20 books on my nightstand at any time”), outdoorswoman and hobby goat farmer. But her path to the legislature was not that uncommon.

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Women In Politics Making a Difference Award: Representative Jeanette Nuñez

These female legislators have made an impressive impact in each of their states and local communities through perseverance, collaboration and, most importantly, pursuing their dreams. The Women’s Legislative Network interviewed all four of our award winners. Check out what makes these women so remarkable!

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Sept. 13 Webinar: From Chaos to Collaboration

Join NCSL members from across the country Sept. 13 in learning new skills and ideas when it comes to engaging constituents, interest groups and peers in productive and collaborative spaces and dialogue with the ultimate goal of compromise and getting things done with the best interests of those affected in mind.

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Legislators Explore Causes, Consequences of Older Inmates

The problem is clear. The number of state prisoners over the age of 55 is skyrocketing. And the cost to incarcerate and care for this population is unsustainable.

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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.