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The Creative Engine
November 17, 2002
While the New York City arts and culture scene is frequently celebrated for the economic benefits it brings to the New York metropolitan region, a new report from the Center for an Urban Future argues that some neighborhoods in the city may be impeding development of the arts by redlining artists in order to avoid gentrification. The Creative...
Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
November 13, 2002
Because many artists don't receive health insurance through their employer or qualify for needs-based insurance, they frequently fall between the health coverage cracks. In response to this crisis, the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the New York City-based Actors' Fund of America has established the Artists' Health Insurance...
A Lot Easier Said Than Done, Parents Talk About Raising Children in Today's America
November 11, 2002
A new survey by Public Agenda shows that many American parents are struggling to teach their children essential values such as self-discipline, honesty, and good eating habits. Nearly half the parents surveyed said they worry about raising a child who is well behaved and has good values, and many expressed concern about protecting their kids from...
2002 Innovators Combating Substance Abuse
November 9, 2002
To recognize and reward individuals who have made innovative contributions in the field of substance abuse, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced its 2002 Innovators Combating Substance Abuse awards. Recipients include the scientist who first measured the effects of secondhand smoke, a lawyer who has worked to protect the rights of...
From Large to Small: Strategies for Personalizing the High School
November 7, 2002
Restructuring large high schools into smaller learning communities to better serve students is gaining momentum as an education reform strategy across the United States. A new publication from Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Northeast and Islands Regional Laboratory, a program of the Education Alliance at Brown University, makes a strong case...
Informing Cultural Policy: The Research and Information Infrastructure
November 5, 2002
The Pew Charitable Trusts have announced a new publication on cultural policy as part of an initiative to foster a broad appreciation of the role of the nonprofit arts in American society. Informing Cultural Policy: The Research and Information Infrastructure, by J. Mark Schuster, a professor of urban cultural policy at the Massachusetts...
American Academy of Pediatrics: 2002 National Conference and Exhibition
October 31, 2002
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics held its 2002 National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. Addressing the physicians, AAP president Louis Z. Cooper, M.D., outlined the specific ways the organization has helped push concerns about children to the top of the policy agenda, especially in the areas of disaster preparedness, healthcare...
School Breakfast Scorecard
October 29, 2002
The Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit organization that advocates for more effective public policies to eradicate hunger, has released its annual School Breakfast Scorecard (37 pages, PDF), indicating record numbers for the government's School Breakfast Program. According to the report, more than 8.1 million children were served...
The Enduring Challenge: Self Determination and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century
October 27, 2002
According to David Callahan, director of research for Demos, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting democracy and shared prosperity in the United States, issues of self-determination and ethnic conflict are and will continue to be among the most challenging problems confronting political leaders around the globe. In The Enduring...
Pledge for Kids
October 25, 2002
"I envision a California where every child has access to quality child care, preschool, and afterschool care — and as an elected official I will prioritize and work toward that goal." That's the pledge that Children Now, a research and advocacy organization in Oakland, California, is asking candidates for the California legislature and other... Interview with Global Fund Leaders
October 24, 2002
Larry Levitt, editor-in-chief of the Kaiser Family Foundation's, an online health-policy news service, interviewed executive director Richard Feachem and chairman of the board Chrispus Kiyonga of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria, following the Fund's October board meeting in Geneva. Among other topics, Feachem and...
Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
October 22, 2002
Nearly 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide read below the basic level, which means they understand very little of what they read or can barely read at all. And the odds are good that if a child can't read well by the end of the third grade, they probably never will. To address these alarming statistics, public broadcasting station WETA in...