To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Dec. 17: How does your state protect the privacy of student data?
Date: Tue Dec 17 15:54:03 MST 2013

NCSL TODAY brings you the latest news from the capitols.

TOP NEWS Dec. 17, 2013

Protecting student privacy in the data age


Student data evangelizers argue that used correctly, data,  including student attendance, test scores and demographics, can enrich education. Teachers can better personalize instruction for students, principals can view the academic records of students who move across school districts and parents can determine whether a child is on track for college, to name just a few examples. But that promise comes with threats to students’ privacy. Check out NCSL's research on this issue.

Republicans backing away from Common Core as legislative roadblocks advance

Washington Post

Even as international studies show American students falling farther behind Asian and European students in math, science and reading scores, a group of Republican governors, mostly in Southern states, are distancing themselves from a set of education standards that most of their colleagues are embracing. Check out NCSL's research on this topic.

Insurers fight hospitals' paying premiums for poor

Wall Street Journal

A charity's plan to help people pay for coverage through new health-care exchanges has put it at the center of a high-stakes fight between the insurance and hospital industries that could pose a challenge to the economic underpinnings of President Barack Obama's health law.

Many immigrants hesistant to seek health insurance

Associated Press

 Like many other immigrants, Adonias Arevalo's parents worried that personal information on their son's application could somehow draw immigration authorities' attention to the couple, who emigrated here illegally from El Salvador seven years ago.

Congress targets fed workers' pensions for savings

NCSL research cited by Associated Press in The Miami Herald

Top lawmakers have found easy prey in their hunt for savings for Congress' budget deal: Federal workers' retirement programs, which are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry.

Lawmakers in Hawaii to test zero-based budget plan

NCSL research cited in Honolulu Star Advertiser

Leaders of the state House Finance Committee will experiment with zero-base budgeting, a concept that forces government spending to be justified annually, rather than presumed. Check out NCSL's research on this topic.


NCSL database tracks child care, early education bills

The Early Care and Education database tracks and updates early care and education legislation from the 2008-2013 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories. Issues include child care and child care financing, early childhood services, prekindergarten, professional development, home visiting, infants and toddlers, and financing early education. Legislation can be searched by state, topic, status, primary sponsor, bill number or keyword. 

State Legislatures magazine: A wealth of public health

From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to tiny county health departments, local, state and federal health agencies often are behind the scenes looking after the nation’s health and safety. By responding to disasters, vaccinating millions against diseases, and teaching the public how to avoid illness and injuries, public health agencies ensure the safety of everything from fresh produce to public places, and promote wellness from the workplace to the school yard.

Federal fiscal certainty on the horizon for states

In light of a looming deadline to reach a bipartisan budget deal, House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) reached agreement on spending for the next two years while also adjusting reductions from sequestration. What does this mean for states? Most important, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would provide certainty on overall discretionary spending, including sequestration, for the next two federal fiscal years.




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