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Fewer immigration laws passed on state level

The National Conference of State Legislatures said states passed 20 percent fewer immigration laws in the first half of this year than at the same time last year.

In a report released Monday, the conference said lawmakers in 41 states enacted 114 bills and adopted 92 resolutions that dealt with immigration between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year.

That compared with 257 immigration laws and resolutions enacted during the first six months last year.

The report noted that state lawmakers indicated they delayed immigration legislation as they waited for the Supreme Court to rule on the states’ authority to enforce immigration laws. States also had other priorities, including finding solutions to budget gaps.

EDUCATION

Noticeable changes await students this fall

Children probably will notice some changes and challenges in the new school year

One is a better-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test. Another is higher academic standards and more difficult classwork. They also likely will see continued cuts to extracurricular and other activities because of the economy.

That from Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Mr. Duncan said he thinks students will see the effects of those changes when they return to class.

Lots of states have gotten waivers from important parts of the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. As a result, there’s a hodgepodge of individual state accountability plans for student performance and achievement.

Mr. Duncan said these state plans could help guide Congress in a needed rewrite of the law.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports