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Description: The VP Candi-dates & Their Wives | News to Note | Opioid Abuse

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n On to the Election July 2016 As we enter the last week of July one nominating convention has concluded and another one is underway. someone who can cut through the noise and make a compelling case for conservatism. Mike Pence is that man. Mike and I The Republican Party held have been friends for their convention last week in many years and he has put Cleveland OH and announced his principles into practheir ticket for the 2016 presitice by passing the largdential race. est state tax cut in the history of Indiana and Donald J. expanding school Trump choice for Hoosier famaccepted ilies. He will help the party s bring real change to nominaWashington and so I tion to run will do everything I can as the Re- between now and NovemTrump publican ber to help our ticket and candidate for our party win a national U.S. President majority. Source Ryan and selected as his vicepresidential running mate Mike Pence the Governor of Indiana. Applauds Governor Pence as Vice Presidential Choice www.donaldjtrump.com 7 15 2016 To view Speaker Ryan s introduction of Mike Pence at the Republican convention click here. The Democratic presidential nominating convention opened with a Democratic team in place Hillary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia. Public Policy Notes Inside this Issue The VP Candidates & Their Wives News to Note Opioid Abuse 2 3 4 Kaine President Obama commented on the selection of Tim Kaine. There Hacked E-mails Resignation The Democratic nominating convention kicked off this week in Philadelphia with a major news story...the resignation of Wasserman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The released e-mails indicated a pattern of favoritism for a candidate among staff & leadership of the DNC. Pence was hailed as a conservative by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Mike Pence comes Pence from the heart of the conservative movement--and the heart of America. I can think of no better choice for our vicepresidential candidate. We need someone who is steady and secure in his principles aren t a lot of elected officials in Washington whom people like even more when the cameras are off than when the cameras are on. But Tim is that kind of guy...Simply put Tim is a good man. He s a true progressive. And he will make a great vice president. The presumptive The contest is nominee for the Clinton now set and Democratic Party the campaigns will kick Hillary Clinton aninto high gear. Novemnounced her vicepresidential running mate ber 8th will tell the tale on Friday July 22 2016. Pence & Kaine The Candidates and Their Wives With the announcement of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as the Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as the Democratic VicePresidential Candidate the party tickets for the November election are set. The two men and their wives bring backgrounds and political experience to the campaigns of each presidential candidate and we thought you might like to get a snapshot of who they are. Tim Kaine has served as a missionary civil rights lawyer teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as Mayor Governor and United States Senator. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 from the state of Virginia he serves on the Armed Service Budget Foreign Relations and Aging Committees. He is a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management International Operations and Bilateral International Development. Fluent in Spanish he serves as honorary chairman of the US-Spain Council. He is also a founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus which focuses on improving access to CTE programs to ensure that students of all ages are Public Policy Notes prepared with the skills they need for jobs of the 21st century. Kaine grew up working in his father s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He was educated at the University of Missouri and Harvard law School and started his public service career by taking a year off from Harvard to run a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. After law school he practiced law in Richmond VA for 17 years...He served as Mayor of Richmond became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and Virginia s 70th Governor in 2006. Source www.kaine.senate.gov about Kaine is married to the current Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia Anne Holton. Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal small business and policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012...Since taking office in 2013 he has achieved the largest state tax cut in Indiana history expanded school choice signed into law the first state funding for pre-K education in Indiana and made career and technical education a priority in every Indiana high school. Prior to being elected governor Pence represented Indiana s Sixth Congressional District in Congress. First elected in 2000 and earning a sixth term in 2010 Pence brought his Hoosier sensibility to the table and quickly established a record of serving his constituents and championing fiscal responsibility smaller government and economic growth--skills and values he has brought with him to state government. Pence was born and raised in Columbus Indiana graduated from Columbus North High School went on to graduate from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1986. Source Governor Pence About the Governor Pence is married to Karen Pence a school teacher for 25 years. Mrs. Pence is honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children s Hospital in Indianapolis as well as a member of Riley Children s Foundation Board. She also serves as a board member for Tracy s Kids an art therapy program for several children s hospitals in Washington D.C. She is excited to be filling her office with art work created by students from all over the state. An Interesting Note Kaine s nomination also ends a remarkable drought for the commonwealth of Virginia. No Virginian has ever been nominated as vice president by the Republican or Democratic parties. The only Virginian to ever run as vice president on a major party ticket was Tyler the Whig candidate who ran with William Henry Harrison...Tyler like Kaine served as both a governor and senator from Virginia. Source Why Tim Kaine has already made history www.cnn.com News to Note Trump Campaign Announces Evangelical Executive Advisory Board & Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee The Trump campaign announced a new board that will provide advisory support to Mr. Trump on issues of importance to evangelicals. The leaders on the executive board were not asked to endorse Mr. Trump as a prerequisite for participating on the board. Rather the formation of the board represents Donald J. Trump s endorsement of those diverse issues important to evangelicals and other Christians and his desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders as needed. To access a list of those leaders who have agreed to participate click here. Source Trump Campaign Press Release June 21 2016 nonprofit clinics and hospitals are financially supporting the state staff who will do the enrollment. Many of those workers are already embedded in community outreach programs. The strategy is designed to remove any slow down of the enrollment process and speed the receipt of reimbursement to the providers of care. For a complete look at the article Nonprofits Step in to Pay 19.4 billion to the Administration for Children and Families for discretionary funding including the Child Care & Development Block Grant 9.3 billion ( 143 million increase) for Head Start 250 million for preschool development grants 12.4 billion for IDEA (an increase of 500 million) An increase in the maximum Pell Grant to 5 935 for Louisiana Residents Enrollment in Medicaid click here. House Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor Health and Human Services Funding Bill In a July 6th press release the House Appropriations Committee released its mark-up of the proposed 2017 appropriations bill that includes a variety of programs of interest to our colleagues. Some notable numbers from that appropriation bill For a summary of all the components of the bill click here. Children s Preschool Classroom Experiences and Associations with Early Elementary Special Education Referral An article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly Volume 36 3rd Quarter 2016 Pages 452 461 concludes that the relationships that preschoolers form with their teachers can predict their school performance in early-elementary school. This study examined whether four specific aspects of the preschool classroom experience (child engagement global classroom interaction quality closeness and conflict in teacher child relationships) predicted special education referral in early elementary school. Higher levels of conflict in the preschool teacher child relationships related to greater special education referral in elementary school. Click here to access a copy of the article. Enrolling Louisiana Residents in Medicaid In an unusual strategy to support the enrollment of Louisiana residents in the expanded Medicaid program Governor Jon Bel Edwards along with private public and philanthropic leaders assumed the costs of providing the staff needed to assist in that enrollment. A proposal was put before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to hire over 200 staff however Volume 9 Issue 7 390 million to the CDC to fight the Zika virus and 300 million to create a new Infectious Disease Rapid Response Reserve Fund that will give the CDC immediate access to funds to respond to any future emergency such as Ebola or Zika. 581 million to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to fight the opioid and heron abuse epidemic (See page 4 of this newsletter for an article on this epidemic.) Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month. Opioid Abuse A Scourge for the South & Nation The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new regulation that increased the amount of an opioid-addiction medicine that could be prescribed by qualified health providers. Previously providers could prescribe this medication to no more than 100 patients at once. The new limit is a reflection of the seriousness of this epidemic the agency will now allow a limit of 275 patients. This new regulation was in response to a rising epidemic of patients who are addicted to prescription opioids (pain medications) and heroin. Significant increases in drug overdose death rates were seen in the Northeast Midwest and South Census Regions. In 2014 the five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose were West Virginia New Mexico New Hampshire Kentucky and Ohio. States with statistically significant increases in the rate from 2013 to 2014 included Alabama Georgia Illinois Indiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan New Hampshire New Mexico North Dakota Ohio Pennsylvania and Virginia. Click here for a look at the state data. Florida and Tennessee both took legislative action to regulate both the distribution of opioids and regulation of pain management clinics. Click here to get information about the strategies they employed to reduce the number of deaths by overdose. The National Governors Association (NGA) has developed a tool to assist governors and state policymakers in addressing the epidemic in their states. Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis A Road Map for States was developed by NGA to help states mount a comprehensive public health response with effective health care and public safety strategies. They are also developing a compact signed by a majority of governors that will add momentum behind state efforts. This epidemic has far reaching impact on families and children... perhaps you know a family that has or is struggling