The Council of State Governments
January 15, 2009
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State Leaders Face
Many Challenges


By Krista Rinehart, Toll Fellows Program Manager

Each year, The Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellowship class selects one of its own to serve as class representative. The 2008 Toll Class representative, Oregon Rep. Sara Gelser talked recently with Toll Fellows Program Manager Krista Rinehart about the program and the challenges her state and other states are facing, including budget concerns, caring for states' vulnerable populations and promoting a new green economy.

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Midwest Prepares Students in Math and Science

Across the Midwest, legislatures have changed state laws with an eye toward ensuring that students graduate with the academic skills -- including in math and science -- they need for college or the workforce. States such as Minnesota are putting a greater emphasis on math and science education with a particular focus on college and work-readiness as well as technology. And the test results are encouraging.

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States Move Forward with Stimulus Packages

By Mikel Chavers

Some states aren't waiting for a rescue or bailout from the federal government. States such as Florida, Ohio and Vermont are implementing their own stimulus packages mostly focusing on infrastructure funding. State officials view it as a way to quickly stimulate local economies and get shovels in the dirt and people on the job.

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