State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 6 | June 2011

 

A SPECIAL REPORT: HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE STATES


RECONSTRUCTING HIGHER EDUCATION
By Richard Lee Colvin and Forrest Hinton
Operating a public system of colleges and universities with less money may require a fundamental redesign.

DO FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS PASS THE TEST?
By Michelle Camacho Liu
The growing popularity and criticism of these universities has caught lawmakers’ attention.

TAKING THE STATE OUT OF STATE UNIVERSITIES
By Julie Davis Bell
Tight budgets have lawmakers considering options that could change the face of public universities.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
By Brenda Bautsch
States are looking for an economic boost by pushing for more college graduates.

Online: A Q and A with Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education.

Online: Sandy Baum, an independent policy analyst for the College Board and senior fellow at the
George Washington University School of Education and Human Development, discusses for-profit higher education.

Online: Read a summary of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011.

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SEX OFFENDER LAW: DOWN TO THE WIRE
By Donna Lyons
As the deadline approaches to comply with federal rules on sex offenders, some states are saying “no thanks.”

Online: A timeline of federal sex offender regulation.

Online: New requirements placed on juveniles under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act are among the most controversial in the law. 

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A BAD TRIP
By Alison Lawrence
Lawmakers try to stay one step ahead of the chemists manufacturing dangerous synthetic drugs.

Online: Learn more about state efforts to ban synthetic drugs.

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TEMPTING TARGET
By Suzanne Weiss
State computer systems face nearly constant cyber attacks.

Online: Read the complete report on cyber security from the National Association of Chief Information Officers and watch a video.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: NCSL has created a database of collective bargaining legislation where bills can be tracked by state, topic, sponsor, title, bill number or key word.

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE