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  • November 05, 2015

US: Most states link student learning to teacher reviews


The vast majority of states now require that teachers be evaluated, at least in part, on student test scores—up sharply from six years ago. And in many states, those performance reviews could lead to a pink slip.

TX: Texas governor threatens cuts for sheriffs who defy immigration authorities


If Texas sheriffs do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities, they face losing state grant money, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said. The governor's criminal justice grants support drug courts, juvenile justice programs and body cameras, among other things.

MO: Lawsuit accuses Missouri city of fining homeowners to raise revenue


A complaint filed in federal court accuses the city of Pagedale, Missouri, of violating due process and excess-fines protections in the Constitution by turning its code enforcement and municipal court into “revenue-generating machines” to go after residents.

NJ: New Jersey judge approves plan that could end federal oversight of child welfare system


Steady progress in reforming New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families has led a federal judge to approve a new plan that aims to end a dozen years of federal oversight.

LA: ACLU, Louisiana bookstores file lawsuit over Internet age verification law


The ACLU and two independent New Orleans bookstores are challenging a new Louisiana law that seeks to protect minors from accessing “harmful” materials on the Internet. The law forces bookstores to warn some minors shopping online about books they are legally allowed to purchase.

WI: Budget committee OKs $350 million for Wisconsin roads


The four Democratic assemblymen on the Wisconsin joint budget committee joined six Republican senators to approve $350 million in spending for major road projects. But even if the state borrows all $350 million, major highway projects would still be delayed.

MD: Maryland lawmakers put governor’s smog plan on hold


Leaders of a key legislative committee placed a temporary hold on a regulation from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration that they contend weakens requirements for Maryland’s coal-burning power plants to reduce emissions of smog-forming pollution.

CO: Denver police union files lawsuit over body cameras


The Denver police union has filed a lawsuit against the police department over its new body camera program, saying it was illegally developed because the administration ignored collective bargaining rules. The department plans to deploy the first cameras to officers later this month.

RI: Experts warn Rhode Island governor’s Medicaid savings plan to fall short


State fiscal experts are predicting that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to cut millions from Rhode Island’s Medicaid program will fall short of financial expectations in its first year.

AZ: Thanks to funding deal, Arizona teachers could see raises


Arizona schools officials have begun imagining how they'll spend their share of the $3.5 billion school funding plan approved last week by lawmakers. A top priority for many districts: giving teachers long-overdue raises.

AR: Poll shows Arkansans widely support death penalty


The annual Arkansas Poll found widespread support for the death penalty, at a time when state law regarding secrecy of execution drugs is being challenged. According to the poll, 71 percent of Arkansans support capital punishment for people convicted of murder, 10 percent higher than the national average.

VA: U.Va. fought to protect reputation during sexual assault investigation


Officials at the University of Virginia and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe waged an intense fight to influence federal investigations into sexual violence at the school over the summer. McAuliffe urged federal officials to allow the school to review the findings of a four-year investigation before they were made public.