education

What are the states trying to pass this week? 8/4/11

This week brings lots of environmental legislation and lots of reproductive rights legislation. It just goes to show that states are like lemmings; where one goes, others will soon follow.

State level is where it's at! State legislation round-up 7/28/11

It seems that everywhere you turn this week, all you hear about is the federal debt ceiling debate. If I hear "Gang of 6", "default", or "Boehner" one more time, I might explode. Take a break from the looming national crisis and brush up on the legislation that's being talked about in the states!

California to include LGBT history in curriculum

California makes progressive history again! The state legislature sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown (D) requiring public schools to include the history of the LGBT community and the great contributions they made to society as part of California’s social studies curriculum. This is great news! Of course the social conservatives in the state assembly are accusing California Democrats of “brainwashing” children across the state.

Nine Kinds of Pie: Those Who Can, Teach

Great post from Nine Kinds of Pie:

Pimeria Alta Dispatch, 6 de Mayo, 2011

The folks here at Progressive Majority have asked me to keep all of you informed about some of the goings on here in Arizona. I come from the Southern part of the state. I note that because I’d rather not be associated with some of the characters from the Greater Phoenix area that have become the face of Arizona politics for the rest of you.

NCSL tracks state legislation

Wondering what your local state legislators are up to? The National Conference of State Legislatures has an enourmous searchable database of state bills. Actually, they have several databases, so it can get confusing trying to get to them all.

For those of you policy wonks who want to get deep into the reeds, here's a list of all their legislation databases:

Labor and Employment Legislation

Medical: Scope of Practice Legislation

Democratic Diva: Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children??!?

Because you know, nothing says "caring for children" better than underfunding public schools.

Yep, Arizona state senators voted yesterday to divert even more tax money to a tax credit scholarship aimed at sending children to private and parochial schools.

But really, who can afford to do that? Not most middle class families, I can tell you that.

Repairs or regression?

There’s more to this budget repair bill than the labor piece. For those brave enough, you can read all 144 pages  or read some Keats, it would probably be less depressing.

The two other issues are:

Serious cuts to education that could spell the end of many Madison public schools, a split of the University of Wisconsin campus and the end to Title I funding for low-income students.

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