Kelley Arnold

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WHEREAS, military service members and their families make sacrifices for the sake of our country and in defense of our freedom; and

WHEREAS, military families often move across state lines during their service and immediately following; and

WHEREAS, President Lyndon Johnson signed Title XIX of the Social Security Act in 1965, creating the Medicaid program to provide medical assistance to individuals whose incomes and resources were insufficient to meet the costs of necessary medical services; and

WHEREAS, the Medicaid program costs are shared between the federal and state governments based on a matching formula set out under law; and

WHEREAS, the foundation of our democratic system is an informed and engaged electorate; and

WHEREAS, public trust of all levels of government is on the decline, in part because people are inherently distrustful of anything that they do not understand; and

WHEREAS, disability is a natural part of the human experience that in no way diminishes one’s right to fully participate in all aspects of community life and disability can develop at any point during an individual’s life time and have varying impacts; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities are underutilized in our workforce and frequently experience social and economic disadvantage; and

WHEREAS, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted on December 10th, 2015, and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA); and

WHEREAS, ESEA established a national commitment to offering equitable education opportunities to all elementary and secondary students, regardless of location, family income, or other factors; and

WHEREAS, The Council of State Governments, in partnership with the Presidents’ Forum, and under the direction of the four regional higher education compacts: the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), created the Model State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and oversaw its adoption and implementation at the state level; and

WHEREAS, SARA demonstrates a model effort among states to work together to improve and streamline state distance education approval processes; and

WHEREAS, mobile broadband access is critical in creating economically sustainable communities; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. leads the world in 4G LTE services—of which 99.6 percent of Americans have access to—providing broad coverage and wireless connectivity that offers unmatched consumer benefits in areas such as education and health; and

May 1-7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the critical role that America's public school teachers play in educating and developing our children and youth. Here's a look at America's teaching workforce, by the numbers.

While the national spotlight is focused on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and questions surrounding the appointment process, states vary in their methods of judicial selection. In 15 states, unexpired supreme court terms are filled via gubernatorial appointments with no other consent needed. Thirty-four states call for gubernatorial appointments with consent of another body, be it legislature or nominating commission. One state, South Carolina, fills unexpired terms through legislative appointment.

Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, many states allow justices to be elected by the people. Twenty-two states hold statewide elections for supreme court justices. Of those 22 states, 13 hold non-partisan elections. Twenty-six states use some form of gubernatorial appointment process to fill full terms and two use legislative appointment.

Every year, thousands of young men and women age out of the foster care system lacking the stability and life skills to prepare them to live as productive adults. Many of these youths will find themselves without a high school degree and unable to secure gainful employment, which can lead to homelessness, poverty and entry into the criminal justice system. This session highlighted innovative approaches states are taking to protect foster care children and provide hope to those who find themselves rapidly aging out of the foster care system.


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