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23.10.01 By Elizabeth Laird, et al. Center for Democracy and Technology, September 2023, pp. 1-38 (Note Length).
Studies the use of educational technology (edtech) in middle and high schools across the country. Focuses on student privacy concerns and schools' capacity to address them; emerging uses of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology; and content filtering and blocking, student activity monitoring, and generative AI. Posits that some of the uses of this technology, such as student activity monitoring, has an adverse affect on all students, particularly those from historically marginalized communities. Outlines civil rights laws that apply to discriminatory uses of technology.
23.10.02 By Breanna Sharer. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 27, 2023, pp. 1-6.
Discusses the health and economic benefits of expanding Medicaid, including better health coverage rates; early detection of serious medical conditions; and critical support for rural hospitals. Notes that North Carolina recently became the 41st state, including the District of Columbia, to expand Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the poverty level.
23.10.03 By Emma Pettit. Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 2023, pp. 16-22.
Summarizes a national poll showing that Americans from across the political spectrum oppose substantial government influence into what professors can teach in college classrooms. Notes that only 37 percent of respondents thought state government should have "a great deal" or "a good amount" of sway; that number dropped to 32 percent for the federal government, and responses were similar between Democratic and Republican respondents.
23.10.04 By Evie Blad. Education Week, September 2023, pp. 16-17.
Reviews the changes superintendent Mike Miles is implementing in Houston ISD's New Education System (NES). Discusses the purported benefits and the potential challenges of the NES.
23.10.05 Food Research & Action Center, September 2023, p. 1.
Reports on cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as of March 1, 2023, as the temporary, pandemic-era emergency allotments came to an end. Includes Texas fact sheet.
23.10.06 By Aaron S. Horn, et al. Journal of Education Finance, Summer 2023, pp. 26-64 (Note Length).
Details the results of a study on how state funding of college-level education affects the completion rates of students, with a focus on minority students. Concludes that states should bolster funding for public institutions.
23.10.07 By Catherine Janasie. Natural Resources & Environment, Summer 2023, pp. 47-50.
Argues projects that use marine ecosystems to capture and sequester carbon can protect and restore coastal areas and mitigate climate change, citing a recent report by The Nature Conservancy on blue carbon. Discusses sequestering carbon with seaweed, including the challenges, complexity of offshore ownership, and state permitting.
23.10.08 By Alan Kovski. Oil and Gas Journal, September 4, 2023, pp. 15-16.
Discusses proposed rules addressing gas pipeline leak detection and repair from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [PHMSA]. Summarizes joint comments filed by natural gas industry groups.
23.10.09 By Leslie Villegas. Phi Delta Kappan, October 2023, pp. 13-18.
Explores issues in classifying and providing educational services to the population of "long-term English learners" (LTELs), a group of English learning (ESL) students who are not reclassified as proficient in the language over a period of time and who have been shown in research to have lower academic outcomes. Recommends state and federal policies to ensure accountability in ESL instruction and provides a table of all existing state LTEL definitions and proficiency timelines.
23.10.10 By Frank Edwards, et al. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, September 2023, pp. 214-231.
Examines how parents subject to oversight by child protection authorities must overcome considerable burdens to retain custody of their children, including complex and inconsistent bureaucratic and legal processes. Identifies learning; psychological; and compliance costs, including time and financial expenditures.
23.10.11 By Brad Johnson. Texan, October 2, 2023, pp. 1-3.
Reviews the new Texas Jobs, Energy, Technology, and Innovation Act in Texas Government Code, Chapter 403, Subchapter T, added by HB 5, 88th Legislature, R.S. Argues the bill language effectively eliminates power plants from eligibility.
23.10.12 By Brad Johnson. Texan, September 28, 2023, pp. 1-4.
Notes a recent Republican Party of Texas executive committee resolution calling for Speaker Dade Phelan to resign, or for House members to vacate the chair. Analyzes the last time legislators attempted a "motion to vacate the chair" on the House floor during the tenure of Speaker Tom Craddick at the end of the 80th Legislature in 2007. Highlights the rules, precedents, and parliamentary procedure relating to the 2007 event.
23.10.13 By Ben Martin. Texas Housers, September 2023, pp. 1-21.
Examines issues facing renters' access to working air conditioning in their homes during extreme heat conditions in Texas. Discusses state and local requirements for landlords to provide and repair air conditioners, lack of requirements for air conditioning in public housing, and challenges posed by high energy costs.
23.10.14 By Eva Ruth Moravec. Texas Observer, September / October 2023, pp. 20-29.
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages on short-term rentals in multiple cities throughout Texas and the effects on the economy. Provides historical background on the development and rise of short-term rentals through various businesses. Briefly mentions state and local attempts to assist or hinder short-term rentals.
23.10.15 By S. Ernie Walton. Texas Tech Law Review, Spring 2023, pp. 461-500 (Note Length).
Discusses recent challenges to public school policies and curriculum by students and parents. Provides historical background and recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on the doctrine of in loco parentis within public education. Argues parental rights should be reasserted and discusses a framework in which they can be reconciled with constitutional rights and the state's role in education.
23.10.16 By Brent O. Gardner, et al. Texas Tech Law Review, Spring 2023, pp. 705-736 (Note Length).
Compares how states restrict the ability of an adult with a history of juvenile delinquency or crime to legally purchase and possess firearms.

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