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It isn’t encouraging when a professor from the Columbia University Law School, who specializes in redistricting, tells you that your state will almost certainly be sued when redistricting takes place across the country next year.

“You are going to get sued,” said Nathaniel Persily, the professor in question, at the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee meeting Sunday afternoon. ”That’s true. There’s going to be a lot of that.”

One of the big issues that may be generating some of the lawsuits concerns how prisoners...

While states may be facing a tremendous challenge with the economic impact of spiraling Medicaid rolls, they can take the lead and make true changes in the cost and quality of health care.

In Saturday’s session, “Public Policymakers’ Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs,” former Michigan Medicaid Director Vernon Smith said the Great Recession has added huge numbers of people to Medicaid rolls across the country; more than 50 million people are now served by the federal-state health care program.

“Under the radar,...

Nine states and D.C. will share in the $3.4 billion in federal funding to improve schools

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the winners of the second round of Race to the Top funding. They included: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. All of them will share in the $3.4 billion left over from the first round, in which Delaware and Tennessee were named winners.

The CSG Education Policy Team held a Common Core State Standards Policy Roundtable in Bloomington, Ill., today. The meeting was attended by State Superintendent Christopher Koch, Deputy Superintendent Susie Morrison, Deputy Chief of Staff Julie Smith from Gov. Pat Quinn's office and Jeff Mays, president of the Illinois Business Roundtable. We also had several members from higher education, PTA, the Urban League and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Also attending were Rep. Roger Eddy - who is Superintendent of Hutsonville Schools - Representative Jerry Mitchell and Rep. Dan Brady.

The education policy team at CSG held the Common Core State Standards Policy Roundtable in Sacramento yesterday, July 20. The meeting was held in conjunction with the California Department of Education and funded with generous educational support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.