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J.C. Nalle Community School: A Study of a School Turnaround Effort
February 6, 2016
Dedicated educators, online programs, an extended school day, and community partnerships can help turn around a low-performing school even in the poorest neighborhood, a report from Child Trends finds. The report, J.C. Nalle Community School: A Study of a School Turnaround Effort (93 pages, PDF), examined the transformation of the first public...
Accelerating Acceptance 2016
February 3, 2016
Despite slow and steady progress in the acceptance of LGBT individuals in the United States, persistent ambivalence and complacency about equal rights are causes for concern, a report from GLAAD finds. Based on a survey, the report, Accelerating Acceptance 2016 (8 pages, PDF), found that in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 landmark...
Outbreaks 2015: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases
January 31, 2016
The United States must redouble its efforts to protect the country from new infectious disease threats such as MERS-CoV and antibiotic-resistant superbugs as well as resurgent illnesses like whooping cough, tuberculosis, and gonorrhea, a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for American Health warns. The report, Outbreaks...
Investing in Cultural Participation and Financial Sustainability
January 28, 2016
Efforts to increase cultural participation in lower-income and diverse communities are most successful when combined with direct outreach, market research, and new programming, a report commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation finds. The report, Investing in Cultural Participation and Financial Sustainability (19 pages, PDF), highlights...
Investing in Educator Capacity: An Analysis of State 'Race to the Top' Spending
January 25, 2016
Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion federal grant competition launched in 2009 with the goal of sparking improvements in K-12 education, drove significant reform at the state level, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Investing in Educator Capacity: An Analysis of State Race to the Top Spending (41 pages, PDF), found...
Giving Unchained: Philanthropy and the Blockchain
January 22, 2016
Blockchain, a technology used by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to create a secure, distributed ledger of transactional data, could offer new opportunities for businesses looking to encode philanthropy within their products and services as well as charities looking to improve their fundraising results, a report from the Charities Aid Foundation...
Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap
January 16, 2016
A progressive student debt reduction policy would dramatically reduce the racial wealth gap among low-wealth households, a report from Demos finds. Using the Racial Wealth Audit, a framework developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy to assess the impact of public policy on the wealth gap between white and black households, the...
Two-Generational Strategies to Improve Immigrant Family and Child Outcomes
January 13, 2016
Given that fully 25 percent of the young children in the United States are children of immigrants, stakeholders in the fields of early childhood and immigration need to work together to improve their efforts to assist them, a brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) finds. The report, Two Generational Strategies to Improve...
Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan
January 10, 2016
The Syrian civil war that began in 2011 has created an educational crisis in the Middle East, with more than half a million Syrian refugee children in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan not receiving any kind of formal schooling, a report from the RAND Corporation finds. The report, Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey,...
2016 Early Warning Forecast
January 1, 2016
The international community should adopt a more holistic, longer-term approach to humanitarian response and sustainable development that takes into account the linkages among global poverty, climate change, conflict, mass migrations, and humanitarian emergencies, a report from Lutheran World Relief argues. According to 2016 Early Warning Forecast...
First Do No Harm: Advancing Public Health in Policing Practices
December 29, 2015
A growing number of police departments are partnering with advocacy organizations, public health agencies, addiction treatment providers, and community advocates to develop collaborative reforms aimed at reducing unnecessary arrests and expanding access to health care, housing, and other social services, a report from the Vera Institute of...