Civic education stands at the core of what it takes to equip citizens with the knowledge and willingness to become community, state, national and international leaders and effectively engage in our democracy. Without such civic fundamentals, the youth of today may not vote or run for public office tomorrow, and the future participation of citizens in America’s grand democratic experiment is at risk. This eCademy will host state leaders and experts in civics education policy in a conversation on the role of civics in our democratic republic.
State Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
Tuesday, March 21, 2 p.m. EDT
FREE CSG eCademy webinar
In the face of overdose deaths that touch all segments of society and now outnumber deaths from automobile crashes, states are battling an unprecedented opioid epidemic. There is new agreement among the treatment community–backed by research–that medication-assisted treatment for addiction and harm reduction measures, such as syringe exchange programs and easy access to naloxone, are effective. This eCademy webcast will highlight innovative programs, practices and policies focused on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and opioid addiction in the states. How these programs may be impacted under some proposals to reform the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid will also be discussed.
Report Card for America’s Infrastructure 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2 p.m. EDT
FREE CSG eCademy webinar
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which details the condition and performance of 16 categories of infrastructure and assigns a letter grade to each. Each infrastructure category is evaluated on the basis of capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience, and innovation. During this webinar, ASCE officials will talk about what the 2017 report says and the resources available to policymakers who may want to explore their states’ infrastructure needs as they consider funding and policy options this year.
Public pension reform is at the forefront of many state policymakers’ agendas for 2017. Participants in this webinar will hear a summary of legal issues around public employee pension reform in layman’s terms with a focus on constitutional concerns. We will cover which reform provisions have been shot down by the courts, which provisions have held up to challenges and any lessons a state leader can take away from the totality of those rulings.
Associate professor of law,
Seenior fellow, Reason Foundation
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This eCademy webinar will provide an overview of workforce development initiatives in the states, including a high-level summary of state plans for implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA. Experts on WIOA will provide state examples of both the consolidated and unified plans, highlighting the process used to choose the plan approach, implementation and intrastate regional coordination.