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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.

According to CSG’s Book of the States, three states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2015, followed by twelve states in 2016, two states in 2017, and 36 states in 2018. Here's a look at the upcoming gubernatorial elections, with a breakdown of the party seats that are up for grabs.

The Council of State Governments will be offering a variety of webinars designed to educate and inform state leaders on a range of policy-related issues. Registration for these sessions is complimentary. 

Each webinar offered by CSG will be available for viewing on our website within a week of its scheduled date.

  • Essential Health Benefits: An Overview for State Legislators
    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m. EST

  • Prescription Drug Abuse: A Growing Epidemic
    Presented by CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts
    Wednesday, March 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
  • Protecting Your Online Identity
    Presented by CSG's National Leadership Center 
    Thursday, March 15, 2-3 p.m. EDT

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of Aug. 14-20 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.