Capitol Comments

There still are a lot of obese Americans, but there also are a lot of options for states trying to help them get healthier.

Janet Collins, director of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told attendees at Thursday’s “State Approaches to Obesity Reduction” session that obesity rates for children have tripled since 1980. But for low-income preschool children, the rate is finally dropping.

States are turning to performance funding to increase the number of students earning a degree or certificate from a postsecondary institution, but it’s not a magic bullet.

States have funded universities and colleges based on how many students are enrolled. Performance funding takes all or part of the base funding and rewards schools doing well on certain goals—such as on-time graduations or the number of students earning a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.

A new transmission line siting compact developed by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts could be the key for states hoping to spur transmission line growth without the interference of the federal government.

Leadership, initiative and the great minds at Mission Control brought Capt. James Lovell Jr. and his two shipmates back to Earth safely in 1970.

Lovell, the keynote speaker Sunday, was captain of the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission. The mission, which was supposed to be the third lunar flight landing, took off at 13:13 CST on Saturday, April 11.

There’s a world of difference between a traditional school and one that uses project-based learning. Those differences have helped two teenagers succeed in school.

Those students gave legislators a glimpse of their school experiences in the final Education Legislative Briefing session Saturday.