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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Govt Processes/Organization,Medicare/Medicaid

Provides an overview of the six block grant types, the arguments for and against the use of block grants to achieve national goals, the historical role of block grants in American federalism, recent changes to existing grants, and proposals to create new ones. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


State and Local Sanctuary Policies Limiting Participation in Immigration Enforcement

Categories: Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration

Discusses legal issues related to state and local measures that limit law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities in identifying and removing illegal aliens.  Also discusses various measures adopted or considered by localities to limit their participation in immigration enforcement. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by University of North Texas Library


Elections Administration Research Database

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Federal State Relations

A database of more than 1800 mostly full-text election administration reports, issued between 2000 and the present, on a variety of topics and perspectives.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures


New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs

Categories: Disability,Education,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Describes shift of emphasis from procedural to educational results and outcomes to determine effectiveness of state special education programs by federal government.  Includes links to 2014 IDEA State Determinations.  From the U.S. Department of Education


States Moving from Accreditation to Accountability

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Reports results of a survey which finds states moving from state-administered accreditation systems to outcomes-focused accountability programs.  From the Education Commission of the States


States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Press release announcing Race to the Top progress reports for seven states receiving grants in the 3rd round: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky,  Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  From the Education Department


Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Virginia Issues

Establishes a new set of goals and outcomes for the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries, and the lands that surround them.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program


Size and Impact of Federal Spending in Virginia

Federal spending per person is larger in Virginia than in all but one state, primarily because of military spending, but Virginia state government receives less federal funds per person than any other state, mainly because of strict Medicaid eligibility rules and a low poverty rate.  Draft report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


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