Schools scramble for funds in states lacking approved budgets | Pa. forms consumer-protection unit; other states could follow | States follow Ky. model for treating opioid-addicted parents
August 18, 2017
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Schools scramble for funds in states lacking approved budgets
School districts in Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin are scrambling to locate funding as the school year begins without an approved state budget in place. Some districts are tapping into financial reserves or borrowing money, while others are eliminating jobs or starting the school year with substitute staff.
Reuters (8/17) 
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Federal, State & Local Update
Pa. forms consumer-protection unit; other states could follow
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has created a unit similar to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with former CFPB staffer Nicholas Smyth at the helm. Other states might "jump on the bandwagon" and follow suit, says David Kennedy, vice president and director of compliance at the American Recovery Association.
SubPrime Auto Finance News (8/16) 
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States follow Ky. model for treating opioid-addicted parents
A number of states are launching programs modeled after Kentucky's Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams program, which aims to help opioid-addicted parents get clean before they lose custody of their children permanently. Kentucky's START program includes home visits, help paying for child care and transportation and mentorship.
NBC News/Kaiser Health News (8/17) 
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N.H. panel to revisit animal cruelty laws
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued an executive order expanding the duties of the state Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals. He wants to work with the panel to strengthen animal cruelty laws.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/16) 
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Transportation & Public Works
Military, Tech & Public Safety
OMB advises Pentagon to prioritize R&D spending on dual-use technology
The Office of Management and Budget is advising the Pentagon to prioritize research and development spending on technology that has both military and civil applications. Homeland security R&D should also emphasize dual-use technologies "that have the potential to contribute significantly to American economic and technological leadership," the guidance says.
Defense News (8/17) 
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Federal grant to fund sexual assault response team
A Regional Rural Sexual Assault Response Team for five western Illinois counties will be funded with an almost $500,000 federal grant. The team will include sexual assault nurse examiners, victim advocates, law enforcement officers and prosecutors.
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Ill.)/The Associated Press (8/13) 
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Health, Education & Human Services
Quit using office to house youth, Calif. tells county
The state of California has ordered Sacramento County child welfare officials to stop using an office as a youth shelter by next month. The state has been demanding cessation of the illegal stopgap practice for more than a year but there is a shortage of foster homes, state officials note.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Conn. high court rules on vaccines for children in state custody
Parents can refuse vaccinations for children in temporary state custody, the Connecticut Supreme Court decided Tuesday. The case involved two children who had been removed from parental custody because of allegations of neglect, and the ruling says that immunizations are not considered "medical treatment" that the state can provide for children in its custody.
ABC News/The Associated Press (8/15) 
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Leadership, Management & Ethics
Here is what employees want to hear
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (8/14) 
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You can get better at empathy
Surveys suggest that while millennials value empathy, they are struggling to be empathetic themselves, writes LaRae Quy. Practice by reminding yourself to respect other people's perspectives, and make sure you're actually listening, not focused on a cellphone or other distraction.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/16) 
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Last day to nominate a leader
ASPA's looking for new leaders for its National Council. This fall's ballot will include candidates for district representatives, vice president and student representative -- but you must be nominated for your name to be listed. Make sure you nominate yourself or a peer for consideration by our Nominating Committee by today. (Only ASPA members may run for National Council seats; you must be a member for at least a year to be nominated.) See more information.
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