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The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Friday.

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"Advancing equity in maternal mental health: Strategies for state Medicaid programs." By Kimá Taylor and Isha Weerasinghe. Center for Law and Social Policy, October 2020, pp. 1-16
Identifies maternal mental health, behavioral health, and substance use as shortcomings in the current maternal health system. Offers ideas for state Medicaid agencies to close maternal health gaps and utilize data to identify racial health care disparities, particularly for women of color.
See: https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publicat ...
"Disconnected: How the digital divide harms workers and what we can do about it." By Phela Townsend. Century Foundation, October 22, 2020, pp. 1-11
Discusses how inequalities in technology access have intensified and worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides recommendations for federal and state policymakers, including making broadband more affordable and accessible.
See: https://tcf.org/content/report/disconnected-digita ...
"Aligning credit/noncredit workforce programs: Lessons learned from the Capital One working group." By Maria Cormier, et al. Community College Research Center, November 9, 2020, pp. 1-3
Describes a project to improve the administration of noncredit and short-term workforce credential courses at a small group of community colleges, including Collin College in McKinney. Asserts a likely increase of enrollment in community college workforce programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses possible benefits of this project on the labor market.
See: https://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/easyblog/credit-noncr ...
"Giant jab: What a vaccine means for America's economy." Economist, November 14th-20th, 2020, pp. 1-6
Explains why the American economy might avoid a double-dip recession and recovery may be faster than after previous recessions.
"How hybrid learning is (and is not) working during COVID-19: 6 case studies." By Mark Lieberman. Education Week, November 11, 2020, pp. 1-8
Examines the different hybrid learning models being used in six U.S. school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges in making these approaches work. Highlights hybrid models implemented in New Jersey, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Victoria Independent School District in Texas.
See: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/11/11/how- ...
"Decline in U.S. wealth and income inequality between 2016 and 2019." By Jorge Barro. Issue Brief (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy), November 4, 2020, pp. 1-6
Examines trends in wealth and income inequality. Notes income inequality experienced the largest decline since 1992.
See: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/1 ...
"States curb racial inequities in Rx drug affordability with targeted legislation." By Amanda Attiya and Jennifer Reck. National Academy for State Health Policy, October 26, 2020, pp. 1-3
Notes people of color are disproportionately hit hardest by ongoing rises in the list prices for prescription drugs. Highlights recent state legislation related to lowering drug costs, including insulin spending caps and adverse tiering.
See: https://www.nashp.org/states-curb-racial-inequitie ...
"The long-term outlook for the Texas economy." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 37, No. 9, pp. 1-3, 6-7
Discusses the latest forecast for the Texas economy. Projects long-term growth that outpaces most parts of the United States.
"Good schools for a troubled democracy." By Jon Valant. Phi Delta Kappan, November 2020, pp. 28-31
Summarizes research on school evaluation and concludes that a narrow focus on "what is testable" has led to the perception of education as an economic good for individual students rather than a public good. Suggests that public schools should teach skills that prepare students for informed citizenship, such as digital and media literacy and interpersonal communication.
See: https://kappanonline.org/good-schools-troubled-dem ...
"Coronavirus economics: The impact of shutting down meatpacking plants." By Dennis W. Jansen, Liqun Liu, and Andrew J. Rettenmaier. Private Enterprise Research Center (Texas A&M University), Autumn 2020, pp. 1-4
Summarizes a recent Texas A&M University working paper on the shutdown of meatpacking plants during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on producers and consumers.
See: http://perc.tamu.edu/perc/media/perc/newsletter/re ...
Report at: http://perc.tamu.edu/perc/media/perc/working paper ...
"School officials await potential COVID-19-related budget cuts." By Elizabeth Romanov and Dan Thatcher. State Legislatures, November 10, 2020, pp. 1-5
Examines whether state budget writers have fairer options available other than across-the-board cuts to K-12 education funding, as the pandemic has eviscerated state revenues.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/education/school-off ...
"Future directions for home visiting in Texas." By April Wilson, et al. TexProtects, November 2020, pp. 1-11
Examines home visiting (HV) as a method to prevent child maltreatment and promote positive relationships during early childhood. Reviews current evidence-based HV programs in Texas and presents strategies to expand and improve HV in the state, including new funding sources through Medicaid and the Family First Prevention Services Act.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house ...
See: https://www.texprotects.org/media/uploads/future_d ...