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    Innovation Schools and School Districts Act

    The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act Section 1. {Title.} The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act Section 2. {Legislative Declaration.} (A) The Legislature hereby finds that: …

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    Reopening Schools in the Time of COVID-19: Why Options and Innovation Matter

    As a battle brews over when and how to reopen schools, we examine what success looks like. How can federal relief both expand options for families and empower states to be innovative? And how do we prevent permanent closure of private schools serving children from lower-income families? 

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    Workforce Development and Innovation in West Virginia

    Update: Governor Justice signed the Jumpstart Savings Act into law on March 19. Last week our ALEC team was in West Virginia for an education workshop, and it’s clear that …

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    Magnet Schools Drawing More Attention

    While the term “school choice” is often perceived as a decision between public and private institutions, magnet schools offer an opportunity to introduce another option for parents and families …

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    Private Sector Investment, Innovation Makes ConnectEd Possible

    A working knowledge of online research services and Microsoft Office Suite once made individuals attractive candidates for employment. Yet, given today’s global, networked economy, lacking these skills may altogether take …

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    K-12 Subcommittee

    Education and Workforce Development K-12 Subcommittee Agenda 10:00 AM – Call to Order and Introductions. 10:05 AM – Model Policy Discussion: Student Scholarship Conflict of Interest Act. 10:20 AM – …

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    Task Force on Education and Workforce Development

    9:15 AM Call to Order and Announcements 9:20 AM Introductions 9:30 AM Presentation: The War on History 9:45 AM Model Policy Discussion: Student Scholarship Conflict of Interest Act 10:10 AM …

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    Key ALEC Policy Ideas for 2021

    Our entire policy department at ALEC is busy analyzing the best free market ideas to add to the important discussions taking place across the states and at the federal level …

  • Regulatory Leadership, Investment, and the Marketplace: Helping America Succeed in a Pandemic image

    Regulatory Leadership, Investment, and the Marketplace: Helping America Succeed in a Pandemic

    Regulatory or legislative moves by federal, state, or local governments that presume to know the direction of invention and innovation often lead to any number of unintended consequences. This is …

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    Resources to Address Educational Challenges in the Face of Covid-19

    Now that the lists of these resources have grown to rival the actual number of resources available, we hoped to compile them all in one central location to make it easier to find just what you need in these tiring times.

  • Policy Prescriptions: Fiscal Discipline to Address Economic and Health Care Challenges in the Face of COVID-19 image

    Policy Prescriptions: Fiscal Discipline to Address Economic and Health Care Challenges in the Face of COVID-19

    With all of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continually analyzing the many policy proposals at all levels of government to address the current situation. Obviously, many of these …

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    Sherry Street Joins ALEC as Vice President

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dan Reynolds [email protected] 571-482-5038 Sherry Street Joins ALEC as Vice President ARLINGTON, VA, September 16, 2019 – Today, American Legislative Exchange …

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    NC Governor Wants to End Innovative School Choice Program

    North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced a proposal to freeze and eventually end an innovative scholarship program that empowers students to personalize their education. If Gov. Cooper gets …

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    Ed Tech Spotlight: Western Governors University

    Disruption in higher education has become a hot topic of late. With predictions about widespread university closure and speculation about which colleges will go down first, many have …

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    Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf’s Calls for Progress with “a Push”

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s Budget Address contained a strong undercurrent of authoritarianism. Progress, as defined by the governor’s dictionary, can sometimes “require a push.” Agenda items within the speech reveal …

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    Is It Time to End “Smart Cities?”

    For years, the talk of the future of connected communities has been centered in “smart cities.” Cloud services, broadband access, the Internet of Things, smart meters, parking apps, smart street …

  • Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing image

    Kansas State of the State: Gov. Brownback Resists Tax Hikes, Calls for Constitutional Amendment on Ed Financing

    The governor’s rejection of a tax increase is welcomed news for taxpayers. Just last year, legislators overrode his veto in order to enact an enormous tax increase of $1.2 billion over the next two years alone. This tax hike on individuals and businesses wiped out much of the tax reductions from the 2012 reforms. Avoiding a new tax increase, pushing for a voter-approved constitutional amendment on school financing, and demanding educational reforms will help avoid compounding the damage from last year’s tax hikes.  

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    State of the State: Texas

    Republicans and Democrats in the Lone Star State surely can celebrate Texas’ resilience. Governor Greg Abbott began his State of the State address acknowledging the economic toll of falling …

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    State of the State: Hawaii

    One of the highest personal income tax rates in the nation and the highest sales tax burden in the nation, and forced unionization all contribute to Hawaii’s 42nd place economic outlook ranking according to ALEC’s annual Rich States, Poor States publication.

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    State of the State: New York

    Governor Cuomo’s discussion of important issues such as tax relief certainly is encouraging. However, picking winners and losers with taxpayer dollars and increasing spending will not help New York’s economy to thrive. Instead, legislators should focus on a continued reduction of the state’s burdensome corporate and personal income taxes. An unshackling of the ingenuity and dreams of New Yorkers will fuel a better life for all.