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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"Banking with your brain?"
By Mike Cronin.
Austin Business Journal, November 6, 2020, pp. A4, A6-A8
Discusses trends in banking and financial technology. Sees the future of finance as paperless, using neural implants rather than smartphones or laptops to conduct banking services.
"Pandemic's impact on state revenues less than earlier expected but still severe."
By Michael Leachman and Elizabeth McNichol.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 30, 2020, pp. 1-4
Finds the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state revenues in the spring of 2020 was slightly less than predicted. Discusses continued concerns about state budget shortfalls, which could total $400 billion through 2022, according to the Congressional Budget's Office's (CBO) most recent economic forecast.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
"Highlights of IDRA’s 35th annual Texas public school attrition study – Pre-COVID-19 attrition rate was down to 20 percent."
By Roy L. Johnson.
IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), October 2020, pp. 1-4
Summarizes the findings of an annual study of school attrition rates, which suggest Texas high schools fail to graduate one out of every five students. Explains the data was gathered before the COVID-19 pandemic and predicts that issues caused by remote learning will negatively affect dropout rates.
Report at: https://www.idra.org/research_articles/attrition-d ...
See: https://www.idra.org/resource-center/highlights-of ...
"The forgotten children of Texas."
By Roxanna Asgarian.
Imprint, October 26, 2020, pp. 1-10
Details accounts of abuse and neglect of Texas foster care youth in residential treatment centers.
See: https://imprintnews.org/child-welfare-2/forgotten- ...
"Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine across the U.S. - A look at key issues."
By Josh Michaud and Jennifer Kates.
Issue Brief (Kaiser Family Foundation), October 20, 2020, pp. 1-15
Discusses the outstanding questions and challenges that remain regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including funding, supply and logistics, vaccination mandates, and insurance coverage. Provides a list of vaccine candidates and information related to the timeframe for availability within the U.S.
See: https://www.kff.org/report-section/distributing-a- ...
"The economic cost of COVID-19 fatalities in 2020."
Issue Brief (The Perryman Group), October 29, 2020, pp. 1-2
Points out the long-term economic impact of lost employment due to COVID-19 fatalities on U.S. business activity.
See: https://www.perrymangroup.com/media/uploads/brief/ ...
"Equalize: Put all kids on a level playing field."
By Aaron Smith and Christian Barnard.
Policy Brief (Reason Foundation), October 29, 2020, pp. 1-4
Recommends several ways policymakers can equalize public education funding more effectively.
See: https://reason.org/wp-content/uploads/student-cent ...
"COVID-19 didn't break the public school system. It was already broken."
By Corey DeAngelis.
Reason, December 2020, pp. 1-7
Explores the issue of public school enrollment declines across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and related drops in public school funding. Highlights alternate forms of education that have proliferated in the same period, including private and charter schools, traditional homeschooling, and homeschooling "pods" and "microschools." States that homeschool filings in the state of Texas are up 288 percent.
See: https://reason.com/2020/11/03/covid-19-didnt-break ...
"How Texas jails avoid investigations of inmate deaths."
By Arya Sundaram.
Texas Observer, October 29, 2020, pp. 1-5
Examines recent cases that illustrate how jails in Texas circumvent scrutiny of inmate deaths.
See: https://www.texasobserver.org/how-texas-jails-avoi ...