October 04, 2009
The 2009 Governors Education Symposium, co-hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Hunt Institute, focused on the education priorities outlined in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA): standards and assessment, longitudinal data systems, teacher effectiveness, and turnaround support for failing schools.
September 27, 2009
As governors across the country look at ways they can help build a green economy in their state, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has commissioned Collaborative Economics Inc. (CEI) to prepare a profile of each state's "green" economy.
September 20, 2009
A website has been launched by the Department of Treasury and HUD, to educate homeowners and borrowers about the new loan program. The Making Home Affordable loan program, announced in February, will offer loan modifications and refinancing to 7-9 million eligible homeowners.
September 15, 2009
The NGA Center convened the Shaping a Healthier Generation Advisory Council in response to the need for innovative and actionable childhood obesity prevention strategies for governors to implement in their states. This report, based on the Council’s work, aims to offer direction to governors and other policymakers who want to craft children’s health policies that prevent obesity and advance the well-being of families.
August 24, 2009
With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the NGA Center, is worked with the CONNECT Project, the Hawaii Integrated Justice Information Sharing (HIJIS) program, and the Illinois Integrated Justice Information System (IIJIS) to develop privacy policies for justice information sharing programs.
August 09, 2009
Nearly two-thirds of jobs in 2014 will require at least some college, but only 25 percent of students currently earn a bachelor’s degree in six years. Advanced Placement (AP), which enables high school students to take introductory college-level courses, is the nation’s oldest example of a rigorous, common curriculum. Students who score well on AP exams are more likely to persist in college and earn a degree.
August 03, 2009
The HITECH Act, enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, expands the role of states in fostering health information exchange and adoption of electronic health records over the next five years. This report, published by the State Alliance, is intended to give interim guidance to state leaders, and recommends actions states should begin to take, to ensure successful implementation of the HITECH Act.
July 28, 2009
With a workforce increasingly susceptible to chronic diseases, states are addressing the various conditions that account for more than 75 percent of all health care costs.
July 27, 2009
A decision-making body or governance structure is fundamental to the proper implementation of a statewide justice information sharing (JIS) program. This Issue Brief provides an overview of these governing bodies, which allow states to manage the task of working across multiple agencies and to create and implement strategic plans for JIS. Such arrangements are vital to success because they facilitate collective decision-making and formalize the decision-making process.
July 26, 2009
Implementing strategies to promote e-prescribing will move states toward a higher quality, more efficient health care system. E-prescribing also can serve as an important step in the movement toward fully integrated electronic health records (EHRs) and the electronic exchange of health information.
July 26, 2009
This report provides an update on state implementation of the Graduation Counts Compact, through which all 50 governors agreed to a more accurate and consistent formula for calculating high school graduation rates.
July 22, 2009
The report covers state-driven mechanisms only and is meant to help states identify strategies to consider in addressing their revenue needs alongside federal and local approaches.
June 24, 2009
The NGA Center is pleased to share the spring edition of Bright Futures. This issue highlights Early Childhood Advisory Council development in four NGA Center grantee states, considers opportunities for early childhood in the federal economic recovery package, and notes recent publications.
June 17, 2009
Federal, state, and local governments have made significant progress toward advancing interoperable communications; however, many challenges remain.
June 07, 2009
States are making considerable progress to meet the challenges associated with mission growth. However, with rising population numbers, significant and costly transportation demands, and a short timeline for responding, state efforts must be complemented with federal action. The Mission Growth Working Group of the NGA Center for Best Practices has recommended adjustments that should be made at the federal level.
May 18, 2009
The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 required governors to designate or establish a State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care to be eligible to apply for one-time federal grant funding. Resources for the start-up grants resulted from increases to the Head Start appropriation, which happened with the $1.1 billion increase through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
May 10, 2009
This guide includes recommendations for state action on each strategy. It includes examples of both cost-neutral strategies and strategies that require new and sustainable investments to provide states with a range of options as they consider improving the education workforce.
April 26, 2009
Overview and resources to respond to pandemic influenza or other disease outbreaks.
April 20, 2009
Research demonstrates that high quality ELOs can improve a variety of student outcomes. Participation in high quality ELOs is linked to improvements in academic achievement, school attendance, student engagement, work-study habits, and social and emotional development.
April 14, 2009
In communities nationwide, public charter schools are meeting the growing demand for high-quality education opportunities. This is especially true in communities with underperforming public district schools that are not meeting the academic needs of students, including poor and minority students.
March 25, 2009
States have established a number of mortgage refinance and payment assistance programs to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure remain in their homes. This interactive map details existing programs in the states, with information on investment, administration, and eligibility.
March 15, 2009
The significant growth in the mission of many military bases across the country is placing substantial demands on the capacity and curriculum of the educational systems in their respective states as a large number of students are expected to arrive within a very short time frame. In response, states are employing a host of new education strategies and initiatives that will allow them to meet the needs of military families and the surrounding communities and take full advantage of the economic development that accompanies mission growth. The states predicted to be most affected are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
March 02, 2009
By law, all full-power television stations nationwide began broadcasting exclusively in a digital format on June 12, 2009.