More than 1.1 million students in California, nearly 20%, are considered English learners. By almost every measure of academic success, these students rank among the lowest-achieving groups—and that was before the pandemic forced campus closures. One year later, this massive population of students is at great risk of intractable educational loss, experts said.
Guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives Hawaii the green light to modify the program that lets arriving travelers avoid a 10-day quarantine by showing proof of full vaccination. But key details, including how to verify that the travelers have been vaccinated, still must be worked out.
Following the state Supreme Court’s decision in February that struck down Washington’s drug possession statute, some Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats, have put forth bills to restore the felony drug-possession statute in a way that might pass constitutional muster.
For some lucky Floridians, vaccination was as easy as hopping in a golf cart. Pop-up clinics offering exclusive access sprouted at country clubs across the state.
A new South Dakota law passed with overwhelming support from lawmakers compels women who want their maiden name to become their middle name after getting married to pay more than $70 in fees, publish the change in a newspaper and appear in court.
A bill that would allow secure ballot drop boxes and curbside voting to become permanent fixtures in Illinois elections was signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The measure, which takes effect immediately, passed both chambers of the General Assembly last month.
Oregon legislators could force the state’s leading health agency to be more transparent by neutering a law that allows officials to conceal health information. Sen. Michael Dembrow, a Democrat, said Oregon has far too often erred on the side of secrecy in its application of the law.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is hoping to fight back against the effects of climate change on Wisconsin through millions of dollars for initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy and help communities prepare for extreme weather events.
As of now, there is no Colorado vaccine passport program. But local public health experts said it’s likely they’ll see such initiatives in the coming months.
A Nevada bill calls for the Department of Corrections to work with the Department of Motor Vehicles to hand out standard ID cards or driver’s licenses before prison sentences expire. Without identification, finding work is virtually impossible.
Texans behind on their rent are at risk of losing their homes despite a federal moratorium on evictions. A state court order aimed at forestalling evictions has expired.
The outbreaks are forcing Michigan schools to consider unpopular decisions such as reverting to virtual learning or pausing sports.
Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law allowing people to buy and carry handguns in Iowa without a permit, fulfilling a longtime goal of gun rights advocates.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances that restrict or prohibit wind power in Indiana has taken a “180-degree turn” after pushback from local officials. While the measure would establish statewide standards for how close wind and solar projects can be to other properties, a new amendment would allow local governments to maintain restrictive ordinances.
The Delaware Department of Correction reports all inmates over 60 who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine received one.
A proposal that would have given cities and towns more tools to combat nuisance vacation-rental homes, a controversial subject in the state the past five years, was defeated by lawmakers at the Arizona Capitol. In 2016, lawmakers passed and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a measure that prohibited cities and towns from enacting additional regulation on vacation rentals offered by companies such as Airbnb and Vrbo.
This tiny and hard-to-find Kansas town is taking on one of the biggest energy companies on the planet, over February natural gas bills they say would bankrupt the city, the residents, or both.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, pointed to anticipated congestion on highway systems as he toured the state last week to make a case for more transportation investments, highlighting the travel delays drivers would see if the state doesn’t act soon. Little said the current version of a transportation bill doesn’t provide the state with enough money.
Mississippi's just-completed 2021 legislative session might be remembered more for bills that were not passed than for those that were. Both Medicaid expansion to cover primarily the working poor and the proposed Tax Freedom Act would have been among the most impactful legislation for the state of Mississippi in decades if they had passed.
The Wyoming Community Development Authority distributed just 11.5% of the money it received to help renters and mortgage holders erase debts in 2020. The Department of Family Services will now run a wider-reaching version of the program.