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States Are Strengthening Teacher Preparation Laws

According to a new report, states are passing more laws that make teacher colleges more selective and require educators to demonstrate mastery of their subject areas.

How States Are Failing Students with Disabilities

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced a new grading system to evaluate whether states are meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act -- and the first year's results aren't good.

Democrats Playing Defense in 2014 State Legislative Races

Democrats hold fewer chambers but have more at risk this year than Republicans. Here's a breakdown of what to expect in every state legislature's elections.


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Factor by which the number of religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions for kindergarten students increased in Ohio between 2000 and 2014. The state is now struggling to contain a measles outbreak.

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Promoting local government innovations that make a difference in the lives of city residents. The latest from City Accelerator:
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June 26, 2014

The SEC's Latest Target

As the SEC steps up enforcement against states and municipalities, it's now investigating Harvey, Illinois, for allegedly diverting at least $1.7 million in bond proceeds.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Federal Courts Strike Down Gay Marriage Bans in Indiana, Utah
One of Philadelphia's Worst Tax Deadbeats Is a Public Utility, and It Won't Have to Pay the $22 Million Bill Anymore.
Health & Human Services
Ohio's Measles Outbreak Prompts Amish to Get Vaccinated
Connecticut Health Insurance Decision Could Reduce Coverage for Autism
Someone Hacked a Computer at Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services
Management & Labor
Taxi Drivers' Bring D.C. Streets to a Halt in Ride-Share Protest
Public Safety & Justice
House GOP Blocks Funding for Marijuana Decriminalization in D.C.
Oregon Closer to Voting on Legalizing Marijuana
Forced to Allow Gun Shops, Chicago Passes Strict Regulations
California Bill to Fire Some Teachers Faster Signed
5 Strategies for Achieving Smarter Buildings

Buildings are a crucial part of our country's infrastructure, but they also require tremendous amounts of power and energy that can be wastefully discarded. This issue brief highlights five strategies to focus on smarter buildings that use innovative technology, conserve energy and limit waste. Read the paper here.

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Tech Talk

NYC’s Simple Plan for Reducing IT Fraud and Waste

After losing hundreds of millions of dollars, the city is starting to clamp down on IT contractors to make sure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.

Smart Management

The Road Hazards Ahead for Transportation Funding

A decade-long revenue decline is about to get worse.

Voices of the GOVERNING Institute

Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Factory Jobs Aren’t.

America is industrializing again, but the days of good jobs for everybody are over.


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