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Learning without widespread policy adoption: Early childhood education in the American states

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Do states learn from other states through venues other than the legislative enactment of new policies? This article demonstrates that two-way learning can occur through alternative venues: (1) legislators can adjust the budget of similar state policies to mirror other states' policies and (2) bureaucrats can learn from other states' policies and incorporate that learning through non-legislative state action, such as standards. Using an original forty-three state, thirteen-year dataset, I find that elected officials can learn from nearby states' policies and adjust other policies to mirror those states through the budget process. Using an additional and original forty-three state, nineteen-year dataset, I also find the bureaucrats can learn from other states' policies and incorporate that learning into the development of their own standards. This article assesses how states learn from other states through venues other than legislative enactment of new, diffusing legislation. (author abstract)
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United States
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West Virginia; Wisconsin; Washington; Vermont; Virginia; Texas; Tennessee; South Carolina; Rhode Island; Pennsylvania; Oregon; Oklahoma; Ohio; New York; Nevada; New Mexico; New Jersey; Nebraska; North Carolina; Mississippi; Missouri; Minnesota; Michigan; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Louisiana; Kentucky; Kansas; Indiana; Illinois; Iowa; Hawaii; Georgia; Florida; Delaware; Connecticut; Colorado; California; Arizona; Arkansas; Alabama; Alaska

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