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$23 Billion
March 13, 2019
In 2016, U.S. school districts serving a largely white student population received $23 billion more in total funding than districts serving mostly students of color, a report from EdBuild finds. The report, $23 Billion (HTML or PDF, 12 pages), found that predominantly white and non-white districts enroll 26 percent and 27 percent, respectively,...
Accelerating Change: Community-Based Palliative Care in Public Hospitals
March 10, 2019
The California Health Care Foundation's efforts to help develop sustainable inpatient and community-based palliative care (CBPC) programs in California's public hospital system have increased access to palliative care delivered in outpatient clinics, office practices, private residences, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities,...
Sustaining a Principal Pipeline
March 7, 2019
Two years after the end of Wallace Foundation funding, an initiative launched in 2011 to build a "principal pipeline" in six large school districts is having a lasting effect in cultivating an effective corps of principals, a report commissioned by the foundation from Policy Studies Associates finds. The report, Sustaining a Principal...
2018 State Equality Index
March 4, 2019
In 2018, two hundred and ten state bills to advance LGBTQ equality were introduced and twenty-one were passed, while a hundred and ten discriminatory state bills were introduced and two were passed, a report from Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Equality Federation Institute finds. Now in its fifth year, the 2018 State Equality...
Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences
March 1, 2019
While the emphasis on standardized testing has resulted in cuts to arts education, the arts are vital to public education, not least because they support positive social and emotional learning, enhance skills and knowledge that can improve performance in other subject areas, and boost creativity, a report from the Kinder Institute for Urban...
The Most Dynamic Micropolitans
February 26, 2019
A new report from the Walton Family Foundation highlights "micropolitan" statistical areas — geographic regions comprising one or more counties with at least one city with a population of between 10,000 and 50,000 — in the United States that are thriving as well as those struggling to provide economic opportunity for their residents. Based...
Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America
February 17, 2019
A vibrant free press is an essential element of a healthy democracy, and news organizations, technology companies, and citizens all must work to restore faith in journalism and the news media, a report from the Aspen Institute's Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy argues. The report, Crisis in Democracy: Renewing Trust in America...
Social Exclusion: The State of State U for Black Students
February 14, 2019
Although the share of students of color among students at public colleges and universities increased from 16.9 percent in 1980 to 41.4 percent in 2015, African Americans continue to be underrepresented at selective flagship institutions, a report from Demos finds. The report, Social Exclusion: The State of State U for Black Students (28 pages,...
2019 Nonprofit Employment Report
February 11, 2019
Although the U.S. nonprofit sector continued to see robust job growth through 2016, for-profit companies are making significant inroads into key nonprofit fields, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds. The report, 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report (18 pages, PDF), found that between 2007 and 2016, the number...
Climate Change in the American Mind
February 8, 2019
A survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication finds that 73 percent of Americans today believe global warming is happening — up 10 percentage points since March 2015 and outnumbering by more than five-to-one those (14 percent) who don't believe it is...
Awareness, Simplification, and Contribution
February 5, 2019
A lack of private funding in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals is putting them at significant risk, a white paper from UBS warns. The report, Awareness, Simplification, and Contribution (48 pages, PDF), argues that investments in the SDGs have fallen short of the $5 billion to $7 billion needed annually to achieve them...
A Qualitative Study of Single Mothers in Allegheny County
February 2, 2019
The requirements of social service programs often are not aligned with the realities of the lives of single mothers who need those services, a report from the Pittsburgh Foundation finds. According to the report, A Qualitative Study of Single Mothers in Allegheny County: A 100 Percent Pittsburgh Project (36 pages PDF), 72 percent of households...