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Advancing the Debate: Should Teachers Carry Guns?

South Dakota is the first state to explicitly allow school employees to carry guns. Critics fear accidents, while supporters view the law as a way to give districts more autonomy.

By J.B. Wogan  |  March 13, 2013
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Stockton Bankruptcy Sets Stage for Pension Battle

Some say the ruling in Stockton, Calif.'s case could lead to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on how bankrupt cities deal with their pension liabilities.

By Liz Farmer  |  April 1, 2013
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Is There a Plot Against Pensions?

What may seem like a mathematical quibble has ballooned into an all-out war between two ends of the spectrum with no clear end in sight.

By Liz Farmer  |  October 14, 2013
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The Obstacles in the Pathway to Zero Waste

A resource recovery rate of 100 percent may be a worthwhile goal, but there are plenty of challenges facing governments that want to achieve it.

By Bob Graves  |  April 18, 2014
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Leveraging Federal Flexibility to Innovate

One state that is leading the way in building bottom-up solutions is Oregon, which is providing a roadmap on issues from health care to infrastructure to a "clean" economy.

By John Kitzhaber  |  September 18, 2012
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Five Political Cliches To Retire in 2012

A handful of platitudes have gained prominence among government leaders. They should learn to do more with less of them.

By Ryan Holeywell  |  December 20, 2011
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Top 10 Daily Digits from 2011

With the end of the year arriving, Governing collected the Top 10 Daily Digits from 2011.

By Dylan Scott  |  December 23, 2011
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Should Parking Lots Be Taxed to Fund Bike Paths?

One former state transportation director thinks so. The revenue would provide a steady stream of funding for public transit and bike path improvements.

By Ryan Holeywell  |  January 8, 2013
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Fixing NCLB: One Superintendent's Take

Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway spoke with Governing about his frustrations with the No Child Left Behind and reactions to some proposed solutions.

By Dylan Scott  |  September 22, 2011
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A New Phase in California's War on Dirty Air

Its ports and freight system account for a significant portion of its air pollution. Will aggressive new state and regional efforts once again serve as a model for the nation?

By Bob Graves  |  July 10, 2017
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Can Smart Infrastructure Be Cyber-Secure?

With everything increasingly connected, there is a growing awareness of new vulnerabilities.

By Bob Graves  |  August 26, 2015
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