Elizabeth Whitehouse

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As of Feb. 2, 2016, scholarship tax credits were available in 18 states. Scholarship tax credit programs are used to provide a form of school choice, allowing individuals or corporations to receive a tax credit on state taxes for donations made to grant private school scholarships. Scholarship tax credit programs are also known as tuition tax credits and education tax credits. Some states provide parents the opportunity to deduct all or a portion of their child’s private school tuition from their state taxes. Others provide corporations the ability to donate to an approved non-profit scholarship funding organization and apply for a tax credit for the donation.

While the economy and the housing market has improved since the recession, some states are still recovering. Many states are focused on helping homeowners who are falling behind to help them avoid foreclosure. States like Florida, Georgia and Washington have found success in programs to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Paid leave laws are only found in three states; California, Rhode Island and New Jersey.  14 states total have leave laws that provide unpaid or paid leave beyond the employee supports found in the federal Family Medical Leave Act, known as FMLA.  The infographic below highlights information on leave laws and the impact they have on employees and employers.  

This past weekend, Winter Storm Jonas pummeled the East Coast covering the ground in feet of snow. According to The Weather Channel, snowfall records have been set at Baltimore, JFK Airport in New York City and in other cities and towns across the Northeast. 

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State officials are closely watching as the U.S. Department of Education releases more information on what the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, changes in accountability system requirements and funding mechanisms. 

Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, or NCLB, is the product of bipartisan efforts in Congress to give states greater control of accountability and academic standards. State officials are closely watching as the U.S. Department of Education releases more information on what the new act changes in...

Top 5 Issues in Workforce Development

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, also known as WIOA, became effective on July 1, 2015. However, the act includes several provisions that become effective on other dates. On March 1, 2016, governors must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan pertaining to workforce...

CSG Director of Education Policy Elizabeth Whitehouse outlines the top five issues in workforce development policy for 2016, including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, employment issues for people with criminal records, engaging people with disabilities in the workforce, veterans' employment issues, and career pathways for students.

On a bipartisan vote of 359-64, the United States House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, on Dec. 2, 2015. This legislation is considered by Congress as a means to fix flaws of the No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, Act. This bill would also reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA. 

The ESEA rewrite is on the minds of elected officials at both the state and federal levels. It is a comprehensive piece of federal...

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Hello, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  I am excited to serve as CSG’s Director of Education and Workforce Development.  I hope to be a resource from cradle to career, covering emerging issues and trends for states as well as providing opportunities to talk about policy solutions.

I plan on using this blog to highlight the work of states exceling at meeting the education and workforce needs...

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