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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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"The new math of higher education: The MBA reboot." By Hilary Burns. Austin Business Journal, September 4, 2020, pp. 9-12, 14-15
Examines trends in Master of Business Administration [MBA] programs that are making the MBA degree more valuable and accessible to a broader community of students.
"Welcome to the club." By Hilary Burns. Austin Business Journal, September 4, 2020, pp. 1-7
Reports the results of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's study on community college enrollment. Points out how the enrollment drop will impact educational equity and community college budgets.
Related information at: https://nscresearchcenter.org/stay-informed/
"Disasters are driving a mental health crisis." By Dean Russell and Jamie Smith Hopkins. Center for Public Integrity, August 25, 2020, pp. 1-12
Examines the toll disasters take on mental health and the mental health aid provided by FEMA's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program [CCP]. Includes discussion of the CCP's response in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
See: https://publicintegrity.org/environment/hidden-epi ...
Related information at: https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/ccp
"The 2019 opportunity index." Child Trends, September 2, 2020, pp. 1-22
Examines the conditions that affect opportunity at the national, state, and county levels in four areas: economy, education, health, and community. Describes racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in health care, incarceration, employment, and COVID-19 unemployment rates. Includes state rankings.
See: http://opportunityindex.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
Related information at: https://opportunityindex.org/
"Congress gave colleges billions. Who got what?" By Audrey Williams June. Chronicle of Higher Education, August 16, 2020, pp. 1-3
Presents a brief summary of how the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security [CARES] Act, was distributed.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house ...
"Explaining California v. Texas: A guide to the case challenging the ACA." By MaryBeth Musumeci. Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, September 1, 2020, pp. 1-8
Provides background information on California v. Texas, the litigation currently before the United States Supreme Court challenging the minimum essential coverage provision (known as the individual mandate) within the Affordable Care Act [ACA]. Includes discussion of states' positions, the federal government's position, the previous appellate court decision, and the consequences if the law is struck down.
See: https://www.kff.org/health-reform/issue-brief/expl ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename= ...
"Judge holds Texas child welfare in contempt … again." By Roxanna Asgarian. Imprint, September 4, 2020, pp. 1-3
Discusses United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack's recent ruling holding Texas in contempt for failing to comply with reforms to the foster care system. Notes the findings of the first court monitors' report in June 2020.
See: https://imprintnews.org/foster-care/judge-holds-te ...
Report at: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/archive/2020/44539.p ...
"State lawmakers can and should protect consumers from prescription drug price gouging during COVID-19 and beyond." By Raven Gomez and Justin Mendoza. Issue Brief (Families USA), August 2020, pp. 1-8
Argues federal lawmakers have not done enough to regulate the prescription drug industry. Offers policy options for states to ensure the availability of affordable prescription medications and protect consumers from price gouging.
See: https://familiesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08 ...
"Mass testing for SARS-CoV-2 in 16 prisons and jails — Six jurisdictions, United States, April–May 2020." By Liesl M. Hagan, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), August 21, 2020, pp. 1139-1143
Demonstrates that mass testing for SARS-CoV-2 in correctional and detention facilities provides a more accurate assessment of disease prevalence than symptom-based testing and generates data that can potentially help control transmission. Includes statistics from Harris County Jail in Texas.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6933a3.ht ...
"How are the most vulnerable households navigating the financial impact of COVID-19?" By Guillermo Cantor and Stephanie Landry. Policy Brief (Prosperity Now), August 2020, pp. 1-14
Suggests families that were excluded from COVID-19 stimulus funds will most likely continue to bear the brunt of the health and financial crisis.
See: https://prosperitynow.org/sites/default/files/reso ...
"A new approach for curbing college tuition inflation." By Beth Akers. Report (Manhattan Institute), August 27, 2020, pp. 1-16
Examines features of the higher education marketplace that may contribute to tuition inflation. Identifies appropriate policy interventions that could minimize inflation.
See: https://media4.manhattan-institute.org/sites/defau ...
"Critical comeback: The value of a trades education in the age of uncertainty." By Kristin Allman. Texas Builder, September/October 2020, pp. 9-15
Describes the importance of recruiting and educating skilled trades workers such as electricians and plumbers, with twenty percent of the construction industry workforce projected to retire in the next five years. Highlights workforce training initiatives at Houston Community College and Collin College.
See: https://www.texasbuilders.org/site/publisher/files ...
"Five months later, the state’s unemployment system is still broken for many Texans." By Justin Miller. Texas Observer, August 27, 2020, pp. 1-4
Details the problems the Texas Workforce Commission continues to have with unemployment claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports that at the end of July nearly 225,000 filed claims were still awaiting decisions, while 500,000 claims have been denied since March.
See: https://www.texasobserver.org/unemployment-texas-c ...
"Standing up for nontraditional families: How third-party standing prevents courts from examining the best interest of the child in Texas." By Taylor Seaton. Texas Tech Law Review, Summer 2020, pp. 937-986 (Note Length)
Discusses the rights of a third-party or de facto parent in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship [SAPCR]. Argues Texas should adopt the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act [UPA] definition of "parent" and amend Texas Family Code, Section 101.024, to include de facto parents.
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/FA/htm/FA. ...
Related information at: https://www.uniformlaws.org/HigherLogic/System/Dow ...