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Week in Review: September 25, 2020


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This Week on

Success Stories

The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously to improve the process to access online public education through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). In 2018, Missouri students finally got the legal right to access MOCAP, but they had to get permission from their district to do so. Many parents’ requests were denied without sufficient evidence, and lawyers had to be hired. The Missouri Board of Education inserted a decision time limit into the law to make it 10 business days from receipt of a request to enroll in MOCAP. Parents not provided a decision within this timeframe get default approval. The Show-Me Institute noted the Board of Education did the right thing and shifted some power from district administration to parents, where it belongs.

Thanks to the support of the Goldwater Institute, the Arizona Supreme Court has decided that Arizona will join the handful of states that allow highly trained Limited License Legal Practitioners to provide basic legal services to people who would otherwise have no way to get help or support when they try to access the justice system. For decades, only people who have been accepted by the American Bar Association were allowed to offer legal advice, no matter how qualified they were to give that guidance.

Solutions from the states: This week’s policy briefs

Access to Health Care Made Easier: Promoting Best Practices in Ohio’s Telehealth Policy
The Buckeye Institute

The Mountain State’s K-12 Staffing Trends: Is there a staffing surge in West Virginia’s public education system?
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

Preserving Medicaid Before It’s Too Late
Commonwealth Foundation

Eligible for Welfare Until Proven Otherwise: How Hospital Presumptive Eligibility Pours Gasoline on the Fire of Medicaid Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Foundation for Government Accountability

Reform the Hawaii LUC to Encourage More Housing
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Big Government, Big Price Tag – Part 1
John Locke Foundation

The Long View: A Public Policy Roadmap for Saving Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Recovery Period
Pioneer Institute

Reimagining Transportation Policy During and After COVID-19
Reason Foundation

Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards A Recovery in Twenty-twenty Act (RESTART Act)
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Solitary Confinement in the Pelican State
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Trends in State Funding and Tuition Revenue for Public Higher Education: 1980-2019
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Financial State of the States 2020
Truth in Accounting

Policy News from the States


Election integrity

Energy and environment

Government accountability


Police and criminal justice reform

State budgets and spending


Think tanks in the news

Events & Opportunities

Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk
John Locke Foundation | September 28, 2020

Federal Policy (non) Dinner with John McLaughlin
Thomas Jefferson Institute | September 30, 2020

San Antonio LLC Salon Dinner⁠—The Rise of Millennial Socialism
Texas Public Policy Foundation | October 1, 2020

Gala at Home: The William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner
National Review Institute | October 5, 2020

An Evening with Dennis Prager: Virtual 2020 Annual Dinner
Goldwater Institute | October 16, 2020

20th Anniversary Liberty Ball
Rio Grande Foundation | October 24, 2020

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