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Just Kids: When Misbehaving Is a Crime
August 26, 2017
Exposing teenagers to the juvenile justice system for status offenses such as skipping school, running away from home, or violating a curfew disproportionately punishes underserved youth, who frequently experience bias and harsher discipline, and LGBT teens, a report from the Vera Institute of Justice finds. The report, Just Kids: When...
Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up?
August 23, 2017
The gap in AP exam participation rates between rural students and their urban and suburban peers has narrowed over the past fifteen years, a report from the College Board and Education Commission of the States finds. The report, Advanced Placement Access and Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack Up? (12 pages, PDF), found that the percentage of...
Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century
August 20, 2017
State and local arts agencies, public arts funders, and united arts funds are experimenting with new strategies aimed at fostering a cultural community that reflects changing demographics, catalyzes innovation, supports equity, and ensures a robust donor base, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds. Based on interviews with sixteen leaders...
An Equity Profile of the Five-County San Francisco Bay Area Region
August 17, 2017
Rising inequality, stagnant wages, and persistent racial inequities have put the long-term future of the booming Bay Area economy at risk, a report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California finds. Funded by the San Francisco Foundation, the report, An Equity Profile of...
Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children
August 14, 2017
A budget stalemate in Illinois that lasted more than two years has done long-term damage to the state's social service infrastructure, especially services for women and children, a report from the Chicago Foundation for Women, in partnership with Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and...
Anchored in Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies
August 11, 2017
Grantmakers increasingly are investing in anchor institution networks comprised of institutions rooted in local communities through their mission, invested capital, and/or relationships, with the aim of revitalizing or creating more vibrant communities, a report from the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities finds. Based on a...
Evaluation of the Atlantic Philanthropies Migration Programme
August 8, 2017
The Atlantic Philanthropies' support for nonprofit organizations in Ireland working to meet the needs of immigrants and advocating for policy and legislative changes helped increase public awareness and understanding of the issues, an evaluation commissioned by the foundation and conducted by the RAND Corporation finds. According to Evaluation of...
Learning From Student Voice: How Prepared Do Students Feel for College and Career?
August 5, 2017
Asian- and African-American high school students are slightly more likely than their white peers to say they expect to attend a two- or four-year college, a report from YouthTruth Student Survey finds. Based on an online survey conducted in partnership with public school districts in twenty-one states, the report, Learning From Student Voice: How...
Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood
August 2, 2017
Perceptions of African-American girls as being more adult-like and less innocent than their white peers may contribute to racial disparities in school discipline and juvenile justice, a report from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality finds. Based on a survey of three hundred and twenty-five adults from various racial/ethnic...
Guidance to Nonprofits Regarding Immigration Enforcement
July 27, 2017
With aggressive immigration enforcement under the Trump administration keeping many immigrants away from court or healthcare providers for fear of arrest, nonprofit organizations serving immigrant populations should be fully versed in the rights of their clients and familiar with best practices, a guide from the New York Lawyers for the Public...
Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South
July 24, 2017
There is an acute shortage of adequate, secure, and affordable urban housing in the Global South, a crisis that is projected to affect 1.6 billion people by 2025, a report from the World Resources Institute finds. According to the report, Confronting the Urban Housing Crisis in the Global South: Adequate, Secure, and Affordable Housing (40 pages,...
Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas
July 21, 2017
While the arts have the potential to boost economic development in rural America, arts education in rural schools faces a number of challenges, including the difficulty of recruiting and retaining arts teachers, inadequate funding, and lack of supportive policies, a report from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts finds. Based on a...