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Public Policy Notes
is a monthly e-newsletter that provides information on public policy issues on both the state and national levels.  You'll find information about programs and initiatives in the SECA states, as well as information about what's happening in Washington.

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Current Issue: July 2014

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Volume 7, Issue 7


 
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  • Oklahoma Repeals Common Core
     
  • Ensuring Quality Teachers
     
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Past Issues:

June 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 6
School Lunch Rules:Changing Again? | In the News  | WV Advocates Score a Win!  | From the SECA States

May 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 5
Common Core: A Bumpy Road in Some SECA States | New Education Leadership  | Teaching Cursive Writing  | From the SECA States

April 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 4
Some Things to Note | War on Poverty: 50 Years Later  | Kindergarten Database from ECS | From the SECA States

March 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 3
Opportunity for All: The President's Budget | Florida's Special Election  | The SAT Redesign | Childhood Obesity Programs

February 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 2
What Happened to Food Stamps? | Arkansas Medicaid Expansion: Still Fighting | Healthy Start  | The #1 Question | State & Federal Updates

January 2014,
Digital Edition, Volume 7, Issue 1
More Money for Early Childhood | Arkansas Medicaid Expansion | Pre-K & New York  | Senator Coburn to Retire | Mid-Term Elections

December 2013,
Digital Edition, Volume 6, Issue 12
Early Education & the Budget Act | Budget Cuts and the Polls | NGA Summit | New Virginia Governor  | BOOT | ISLS Collaborative

November 2013,
Digital Edition, Volume 6, Issue 11
Strong Start Summary | State Match Requirements | How to Reduce Your State Match | From the Executive Director

October 2013,
Digital Edition, Volume 6, Issue 10
Ryan-Murray Budget Committee  | The President Weighs In | The Fight Isn’t Over | New Round of Race to the Top Grants

September 2013,
Digital Edition, Volume 6, Issue 9
Food Stamps  | Median Income and Poverty | CCDBG Reauthorization | NGA Chair from Oklahoma  | News to Note

August 2013,
Digital Edition, Volume 6, Issue 8
Town Hall Meetings: A Thing of the Past?  | Teacher Ambassador Fellowships | Appointments to the NAEP Governing Board | School Snacks  | News from the SECA States

July 2013, Volume 6, Issue 7
Ready Nation  | State Run School Districts | The Accelerator Initiative | School Snacks  | PTA Welcomes New Leader

June 2013, Volume 6, Issue 6
Health Care Exchanges: What’s Happening | Texas: A Lesson in the Legislative Process | Common Core Standards Under Fire | South Carolina’s First Steps | News from the SECA States

May 2013, Volume 6, Issue 5
The Mississippi Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 | Pre-K Funding: Two Reports | What’s Happening in the SECA States

April 2013, Volume 6, Issue 4
Early Learning for All Americans: The President’s Plan  |  Immigration Reform: The Gang of Eight  |  Public Safety & 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Bill: Gun Control

March 2013, Volume 6, Issue 3
FY 2013 Funding Bill Passes |  The Continuing Resolution & Early Childhood  |  Foundation for Growth: Restoring the Promise of American Opportunity—The Senate Democratic Budget Plan  |  The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal—The House Republican Budget Plan  |  Apps for Working Government Challenge 

February 2013, Volume 6, Issue 2
The President Visits Georgia Pre-K |  Where's the Money  |  The Sequester: How Much in Cuts for Your State?  |  The President’s Early Childhood Education Plan  |  Campaign to Fix the Debt 

January 2013, Volume 6, Issue 1
The Fiscal Cliff--We Didn't Go Over!  |  What Comes Next?  |  The Can Kicks Back  |  New Diversity in the 113th Congress  |  Meet the Freshman of the 113th Congress  |  News to Note

December 2012, Volume 5, Issue 12
The Fiscal Cliff--What to Expect?  |  It's That Time Again!  |  New Florida Commissioner of Education  |  State Tax Projections  |  Women in State Legislatures  |  State Reading Policies  |  News to Note

November 2012
, Volume 5, Issue 11
North Carolina & Pre-K Funding  |  Abriendo Puertas  |  Broad Prize & Miami Dade  |  NGA White Paper  |  Election 2012 Results  |  NC Elects New Governor  |  Fiscal Cliff and the States

October 2012, Volume 5, Issue 10
Louisiana & Pre-K Funding  |  Kentucky and School Choice  |  Nashville and Charter Schools  |  Library of Congress  |  New State Education Chiefs  | Tracking Kids and Funds  |  Children’s Online Privacy

September 2012, Volume 5, Issue 9
Making It Law: Parental Participation  |  Julian Castro: Keynoter in Charlotte   | North Carolina & Early Education  |   Virginia and Virgil Goode, Candidate   |   Literacy Initiatives: Florida and Arkansas  |  North Carolina Teacher Licensure  |  Fiscal Survey of the States

August 2012, Volume 5, Issue 8
The Presidential Campaign Takes a New Turn  |  Why Conventions?   | Southerners and the GOP Convention  |   Race to the Top Competition   |   Non-profits and Campaigns  |  Quality Rated: Georgia's Quality System  |  WV: Changing Course  |  Welfare Waivers 

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July 2012, Volume 5, Issue 7
It's All About the Money  |  National Teaching Corps  |  NGA Leadership  |  The 2010 Census  |  State Insurance Exchanges  |  Medicaid Expansion  |  Child Care Subsidies in WV  |  States and Finances

June 2012, Volume 5, Issue 6
Charter Schools and the South | Charter Systems | Education Options Act | Universities and Charter Schools | 3 States Without Charter Laws | Where Will You Get Your News? | New Reports of Interest | NCLB Waivers Need Work

May 2012, Volume 5, Issue 5
Budget Committee Adopts Cuts in Spending | CDC Immunization Award | Rebuild America Act | Populist Caucus | Early Learning

April 2012, Volume 5, Issue 4
Path to Prosperity: The Ryan Budget | White House Schedules Calls on Budget  | Using Twitter as an Advocacy Tool  | AL Governor to Chair NGA Committee  | Kids Share: Federal Spending  | Children in the Spotlight  | Autism  | New Race to the Top Grants  | New Resources

March 2012, Volume 5, Issue 3
2013 Budget Proposals Affecting EC Programs  |  NAEP Loses in Obama Budget  |  Competing for Head Start Grants  |  Technology Position Statement  |  NGA & Childhood Hunger  |  Assessing ELL Students  |  News from the States

February 2012, Volume 5, Issue 2
Who's Voting In Your State? |  Kentucky's Proposed Innovation Foundation  |  Budget Cuts in Texas  |  Healthier School Lunches  |  Compulsory Attendance  |  Florida Legislation  |  Payroll Taxes & Birth Control

January 2012, Volume 5, Issue 1
The State of the Union 2012  |  Bullying  |  GOP Candidate Snapshots: Paul, Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich  |  What's Happening in the SECA States

December 2011, Volume 4, Issue 12
Early Learning Challenge Grants Awarded  |  Federal FY 2012 Budget Passes  |  On-line Courses  |  Texas Redistricting and Schools  |  Constitutional Amendments  |  VA Governor's Budget  |  Promise Neighborhood Grants  |  48% of Schools Failing AYP

November 2011, Volume 4, Issue 11
Federal Deadlines Approaching  |  Separation of Church and State  |  Kentucky Governor  |  The South Gets Redder!  |  Mississippi Governor  |  Health Care Innovation  |  New Technical Assistance Centers  |  NCLB Waivers

October 2011, Volume 4, Issue 10
Pre-K Now Closing Down |  Creating a Pre-K-12 System  | National Summit  |  SECA Radio & Arne Duncan  |  New Health Report  |  Latino Children & Poverty  |  Digital Media  |  News from the SECA States

September 2011, Volume 4, Issue 9
North Carolina and Pre-K  |  Kids Count 2011 Summary  Paid Sick Days  |  Race to the Top  |  Southern Issues  |  News from Washington  | NAEYC Accreditation  |  News from the SECA States

August 2011, Volume 4, Issue 8
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction  |  Budget Control Act of 2011  |  Advocacy Resources  Connecting the Dots  | Children First Act of 2011 |  Continuum of Learning Act  |  NGA Leadership  |  NCLB  |  News from the SECA States

July 2011, Volume 4, Issue 7
Accusations of Widespread Cheating in Atlanta  |  Promise Neighborhoods Grant  |  First Focus  Chiefs for Change  | New Florida School Chief  |  Georgia Tax Credit  |  North Carolina Goes Backward  |  Early Learning Challenge |  Early Reading

June 2011, Volume 4, Issue 6
Disappointment for the Children's Movement of Florida  |  Two New Federal Background Check Bills  |  A Call to Action: Maltreated Infants & Toddlers  The New Demographics  | Healthier School Meals |  Let's Move! Child Care  |  North Carolina Governor Vetoes Budget  |  Tornadoes and Southern Schools |  Florida Debates "Education Savings Accounts"  |  More Coffins than Cradles: West Virginia  |  Alabama Enacts Strict New Immigration Law  |  Dental Health and America's Children

May 2011, Volume 4, Issue 5
Raising the Debt Ceiling  |  YouCut Phase II  |  Developing a Common ELL Definition  Partnership for Assessment  | Strategies to Fix Failing Schools and Districts |  Healthy Food Environments  |  The Texas Rising Star Program  |  Virginia: Governor Announces Merit Pay Plan  |  Home Visiting Programs  |  Welfare Reform Act of 2011  |  Chiefs for Change  |  Raise Your Hand Texas  |  Remove Red Tape, Improve Assessment Systems  |  Rating Education Schools

April 2011, Volume 4, Issue 4
The "Gang of Six": Reaching a Budget Deal  |  A Final Federal Budget for FY 2011  |  Reporting on Teacher Prep Programs  Another Children's Victory in Virginia  | The Final FY 2011 Budget: Get the Specifics |  How Does Your State Rank? Dependent Care Tax Credits  |  Why Race and Place Matter  |  And Much More!

March 2011, Volume 4, Issue 3
What's a Rainy Day Fund?  |  "The ARRA Cliff"  |  Balancing the 2011 Budget  |  Some States Unemployment Rates are Falling  |  Everything's Bigger in Texas!  |  Invest in Florida's Future  |  Can You Find Out How Your State Spends its Money?

Special Edition: The State of the SECA States, (Volume 4, Special Edition) Updated 5/13/11

February 2011
, Volume 4, Issue 2
Deficit Reduction Leads the Way   |   March 4th Deadline Looming   |   Interest on the Federal Debt

January 2011, Volume 4, Issue 1
What's Coming in Washington in 2011?  |  26 States Challenge Health Care Law  |  Stimulus Money Gone  |  Big Budget Holes  |  States Owe the Feds  | Redistricting  |  ECE Funding Safe?  |  No Frills  |  Making Your Case

December 2010, Volume 3, Issue 12
New Advocacy Groups Created  |  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act  |  Students First  |  Chiefs for Change  |  NoLabels.org  |  Digital Learning Now  |  Does Class Size Matter?  |  State of the American Child  |  New Teacher Project

November 2010, Volume 3, Issue 11
The South Becomes More Red  |  Ballot Initiatives in 2010  |  Governor-elect Bentley (AL)  |  Governor-elect Scott (FL)  |  Governor-elect Deal (GA)  |  Governor-elect Fallin (OK)  |  Governor-elect Haley (SC)  |  Governor-elect Haslam (TN)  |  Redistricting and the Election

October 2010, Volume 3, Issue 10
The Fall 2010 Mid-Term Elections  |  Virtual Teacher Quality  |  Poverty in 2010  |  Sink Education Platform  |  Head Start Regulations  |  Alabama Indictments  |  Textbooks & ITunes  |  Professional Development

September 2010, Volume 3, Issue 9
Consortium to Develop Tests for Common Standards  |  Greening America's Capitals  |  Grandparents Raising More Children  |  Polling and Cell Phones  |  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act  |  Cutting Crime by Cutting Child Poverty  |  Many Oklahoma Water Systems Don't Meet Codes  |  6 SECA States File Brief in Support of Arizona Immigration Law  |  Principals Need Better Training

August 2010, Volume 3, Issue 8
Phase Two of Race to the Top   | Race to the Top Stakeholder Buy-ins   | Civil Rights & Race to the Top  |  Georgia Wins/Limited Buy-in  |  Mississippi Needs Pre-K  |  Common Core Standards  |  NAEYC Position Statement  |  West Virginia ELG  |  Disaster Preparedness

July 2010, Volume 3, Issue 7
Additional Stimulus Funding  |  Fiscal Survey of the States  |  National Board for Ed Sciences  |  School Improvement  |  Child Care Funding  |  Senator Robert Byrd  |  High-Risk Insurance Pools  |  Governor Manchin & NGA  |  F is for Fat

June 2010, Volume 3, Issue 6
Report on Reading  |  Kentucky Task Force  |  Virtual Advocacy Day  |  Northern Virginia  |  Texas Advisory Council  |  Good Child Care  |  High-Poverty Public Schools

May 2010, Volume 3, Issue 5
Summer Food Program  |  Military Families  |  Pilot Child Care Program  |  West Virginia Incumbent Loses  |  Early Beginnings  |  Crist Changes
Parties  |  State of Preschool 2009

April 2010, Volume 3, Issue 4
Tennessee Legislation  |  How the Money Will be Spent  |  Elections 2010  |  Listening and Learning Tour  |  National Commission  |  Distrust of Government  |  Pre-K and the South

March 2010, Volume 3, Issue 3
Texas Bans Beloved Author  | Teenage Pregnancy  |  Professional Development  |  Common Tests  |  Kentucky & Core Standards  |  Arkansas Fiscal Session  |  Obama’s FY 2011 Budget

Special Edition:  The State of the SECA States, (Volume 3, Special Edition) updated 4/27/2010

February 2010, (Volume 3, Issue 2)
Virginia & The Budget  |  New Federal Center  |  Head Start Impact Study  |  Quality Counts 2010  |  Race to the Top  |  The Costs of Disinvestment  |  Let’s Move!

January 2010, (Volume 3, Issue 1)
Mississippi Budget Cuts  |  Tackling the Federal Deficit  |  More Money in FY 2011  |  Military Leaders & Early Ed  |  Value of Preschool  |  Child Care Protection Act  |  PTA Advocacy Campaign

December 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 12)
Fiscal Woes for the States  |  Kentucky Budget Cuts  |   South Carolina Governor  |  Broadband Internet  |  Rural Schools  |  The LEARN Act  |  Stimulus Math  |  Kentucky Interim Education Chief  |  Food Insecurity   

November 2009
, (Volume 2, Issue 11)
Virginia Governor|  Stimulus Spending  |  Teacher Preparation  |  Tennessee Pre-K  |  Recognition & Response  |  Tulsa Mayor  |  Teacher Attitudes

October 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 10)
Less Candy & Soft Drinks  |  Mississippi Delta  |  New Senate Leadership  |  New Arkansas Commissioner  |  Blue Ribbon Schools  |  Data Tool  |  State Child Care Policies

September 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 9)
Health Care Reform:  After the Recess  |  Health Proposal Eliminates CHIP  |  Listening to Latinas  |  Rural Projects & ARRA  |  States of Disclosure  |  New Florida Senator  |  Alliance for Childhood  |  Out-of-School Time & WV  |  Diversity & the South

August 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 8)
Achievement Gap  |  Oklahoma & Early Childhood  |  Florida Loses Population  |  Sales Tax Breaks  |  Early Retirement for States  |  F as in Fat  |  After the August Recess

July 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 7)
Recession in the South  |   Child Trends Research Briefs  |  Fatherhood Programs  |  HB 130 Vetoed  |  Child Care Regulation  |  Academic Standards  |  Data Quality Campaign

June 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 6)
South Carolina Update  |  Health Care Reform  |  ARRA in Arkansas  |  Tobacco Control Bill  |  Task Force on Middle Class  |  TN Child Care Credentials  |  Texas & Full-Day Pre-K

May 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 5)
South Carolina & the Stimulus  |  Arkansas Has a New Lottery  |  Oklahoma & Accountability  |  West Virginia and QRIS  |  Restraint & Seclusion  |  Congressional Letters  |  Child Nutrition Reauthorization

April 2009, (Volume 2, Issue 4)
South Carolina & the Stimulus  |  ARRA State Websites  |  Tennessee Collaborative  |  Pre-K & the Middle Class  |  4-Year-Olds & Obesity  |  New Policymakers Website  |  School Air Quality

March 2009
, (Volume 2, Issue 3)
Certification Letters  |  New Recovery Web Sites  |  White House Conference  |  GAYC  |  Release of Stimulus Funds  |  Homeless Children  |  Obama’s First Budget

Special Stimulus Edition
, (Volume 2, Issue 2)
Southern Governors  |  How Much?  |  Head Start  |  CCDBG  |  IDEA  |  Title I  |  Students, Families & Buildings

February 2009
, (Volume 2, Issue 1)
2009 State Legislative Schedule   |  State of the State: AL & AR  |  State of the State: GA & KY  |  State of State: MS, OK, SC  |  State of the
State: TN & TX  |  State of the State: VA & WV  |  Unemployment in SECA States

December 2008, (Volume 1, Issue 6)
Children's Health Insurance  |  Teacher Qualifications  |  National Children's Study  |  Reaching That 60 Mark  |  Federal Bailouts  |  School Food   |  Health Status of SECA States

October 2008, (Volume 1, Issue 5)
Mississippi Rally for Children  |  National Research Council  |  Community Service  |  Higher Education Reauthorization  |  National Education Index  |  Platform for Progress  |  Advocacy Calendar

August 2008, (Volume 1, Issue 4)
Complete Streets  |  Vouchers for Special Education  |  Pre-K for All Louisiana  |  State Updates: AL, FL, KY  |  State Updates: MS, OK, SC  |  State Updates: TN, VA, WV  |  Newborn Screening
                                                              
June 2008, (Volume 1, Issue 3)
Child Trends  |  Child Care Tax  Credits  |  Immigration  Raids  |  Healthy Child Care  |  Access to Pre-K  |  Child Abuse & Neglect  | South Carolina  |  Task Force

April 2008, (Volume 1, Issue 2)
Funding the Future  |  Trimming His Sails  |  Louisiana &  Pre-K  |  CCDBG Report  |  Starting Early, Starting Right  |  Family Friendly Worksites  |  Partnering for Preschool

February 2008 , (Volume 1, Issue 1)
2008 Presidential Election  |  High Quality Pre-kindergarten  |  Pre-K Expulsions  |  2008 State Legislatures  |  2008 State of the State Addresses  | 2008 State of the Union  | State Budgets & Pre-K