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Kate Elizabeth Queram

Kate Elizabeth Queram is a staff correspondent for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. She most recently covered state and local government for the News & Record, a daily newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Management

The Legislative Push to Bring Back Cursive

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are seeking to mandate cursive handwriting education in schools as part of a growing state trend.

Management

Legislators Aim to Curb Anti-Semitism by Requiring Classes on the Holocaust

A proposed bill would make Massachusetts the 13th state to mandate students learn about the Holocaust as part of public school curriculum.

Health & Human Services

STDs Continue to Spread Nationwide

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis rose for the fifth consecutive year, according to federal data released this week.

Management

Tackling the Teacher-Student Diversity Gap in K-12 Schools

A partnership between a university and three community colleges in California aims to create more bilingual teachers while also diversifying the state's teacher pool.

Public Safety

A Plan to Reduce Bench Warrants—By Text Message

After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.

Public Safety

Preventing Student Violence Through Education

A proposal in Ohio would require public middle and high schools to teach an annual class about suicide and violence prevention.

Health & Human Services

On the Hunt for Lean Protein, Food Pantries Turn to Hunters

Across the country, hunters donate thousands of pounds of game meat to help stock food pantries in their communities.

Health & Human Services

Enlisting Truckers to Fight Human Trafficking

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are hoping to add human trafficking curriculum to classes for commercial drivers' licenses.

Public Safety

Want a Good Police K9? Try the Animal Shelter.

Rescue dogs, including pit bulls, are finding work as police K9s across the country.

Public Safety

Cities Defend State Law that Prohibits People from Carrying Guns While Drunk

Six cities in Ohio filed a legal brief supporting a state law that makes it illegal for anyone to use a gun when intoxicated in response to claims that the policy is unconstitutional.

Management

Keeping Tabs on Armadillos

State officials are monitoring populations of the nine-banded armadillo, a non-native species that's spreading quickly throughout the country.

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Health & Human Services

In Hair and Nail Salons, Beauty Experts Are Now Looking for Signs of Domestic Violence

Illinois requires cosmetologists to undergo training to learn the signs of domestic violence in order to renew their professional licenses.

Management

This State Could Crack Down on Drivers Who Don't Scrape Snow Off Cars

A bill moving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly would allow police to ticket drivers who do not remove snow and ice from their cars in a timely manner.

Management

Allowing Medical Marijuana in Schools

California could become the tenth state to allow K-12 students with valid prescriptions to take medical marijuana at school.

Management

State Law Provides Funding to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

North Carolina will provide $6 million over two years to help clear a backlog of roughly 15,000 untested rape kits.

Tech & Data

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

Public Safety

Dispatching a 'Battle Buddy' to Help Distressed Veterans

An initiative in Joliet, Illinois, sends police officers with military experience to respond to calls for service involving veterans who need help.

Management

High School Students are Less Likely to Attempt Suicide if They Trust Adults, Study Says

New research about rural high school students found that suicide prevention should involve fostering strong connections to adult staff members.

Health & Human Services

Tightening Requirements for Vaccine Exemptions

Under a new law in California, state public health officials will have final authority over the validity of children's medical exemptions for vaccinations.

Health & Human Services

How This State Is Using a 'Netflix Model' to Treat More People for Hepatitis C

Louisiana partnered with a pharmaceutical company to provide hepatitis C treatment to Medicaid and incarcerated patients at a fixed cost.