Weekend recap – education reform and the cowboy code

The weekend recap is the place to find out what happened last week and what’s ahead in state legislatures across the nation. Read on to learn about what you might have missed between between brunch and waking up to the cruel realization that it’s Monday. Want to call out something happening in your statehouse? Email us at civsource {at} civsourceonline.com.

New York
Key points:

  • The state passed one of the tightest budgets in years, and a fight is expected as budget cuts and layoffs ripple through the state.

Florida
Key points:

  • Education reform continues to dominate the legislative session as the state takes up another round of reform measures and grapples with new gaps in funding.

Oklahoma
Key points:

  • Tort reform is moving through the legislature as key components of a reform package have passed both houses.
  • Education reform is moving through quickly as legislators look at measures that would streamline teacher due process and end special promotions.

Nebraska
Key points:

  • Nebraska is the newest state to look at changing collective bargaining for teachers and public employees – a 67-page proposal for revising the system has been created by a working group that will now be examined by the legislature.

Nevada
Key points:

  • Nevada will begin redistricting now that public hearings on the issue have concluded.

Washington
Key points:

  • Organized labor is expected to turn out in force this week to voice its opinion of budget and bargaining measures currently before the legislature.

Oregon
Key points:

  • Oregon becomes the third state, joining Wyoming and Montana to try and implement the Code of the West as the official state code.
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