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The Buffalo News

Tiffany Lankes

21 December 2014

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Grabiarz School of Excellence has a highly motivated principal and a model of support that squeezes in learning at every opportunity. So far, it’s working as teachers make sure to maximize instruction time.

The Atlantic

John Tierney

11 December 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Investments into the arts serve as significant economic catalysts. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, legacy foundations like the Heinz Endowments, Benedum Foundation, and Richard King Mellon Foundation pooled their resourc...

The New York Times

Jacques Leslie

6 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst of its ever-expanding population. Recently, however, Los ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tom Murphy

Jacob Kushner

26 November 2014

Tanzania

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A water program funded by the World Bank has run into some obstacles as it tries to bring clean water to rural villages in Tanzania. The use of private contractors for projects and allowing communities to decide what ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tom Murphy

Jacob Kushner

25 November 2014

Tanzania

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Years after a World Bank pilot program built a system to bring clean water to villages in Tanzania, these communities are finding it difficult to fix and operate these projects. While some villages were able to raise ...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

15 November 2014

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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In a Pittsburgh elementary school, kids grapple with electricity and circuits, breeding a familiarity with technology that founders of the “Children’s Innovation Project” hope equips them for a better future. This par...

The Guardian

Calestous Juma

31 October 2014

Nigeria

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The media could help countries still affected by Ebola by focusing on Nigeria, where they defeated the virus through effective public institutions that protected the public interest, such as rejecting cash but accepti...

The Tyee

Geoff Dembicki

17 October 2014

Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States

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Hawaii private school students were taught about ecological sustainability, but public school students were not. After losing a school essay contest about sustainability, a high school student convinced Hawaii’s legis...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 October 2014

Santiago, Chile

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The Homeless World Cup is the premier soccer tournament for homeless players. Programs around the world use soccer as a means of building a sense of community, sublimating negative energies, and encouraging personal g...

The Atlantic

Matt Vasilogambros

Mauro Whiteman

8 October 2014

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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In the state of Iowa, refugees come from all over the world and send their children into the public school system. The Des Moines public schools serve many disadvantaged, poverty-stricken children who do not have Engl...

The Buffalo News

Mary B. Pasciak

6 October 2014

Buffalo, New York, United States

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The Charter School for Applied Technologies has the highest graduation rate in Erie County, despite its predominantly poor, minority student makeup, in large part simply by instilling high expectations.

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

20 September 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Preparing the young for elementary education is a priority to nurture reading and social skills. For 16 years, Tulsa Oklahoma has instituted a state funded preschool, staffed with teachers trained in early education....

The New York Times

Justin Gillis

13 September 2014

Bremerhaven, Germany

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With climate change continuing as a threat to the planet’s health, Germany has contributed efforts to curb greenhouse gases by installing wind turbines and solar panels to generate renewable energy. Germany’s commitme...

The New York Times

Kate Zernike

31 August 2014

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Since moving to a county-run police department, Camden, N.J., historically one of the nation’s poorest and most dangerous cities, has altered its culture to overcome years of mistrust by developing a personal relation...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

14 July 2014

Mercer Island, Washington, United States

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In the Renton School District, teachers found that only a very few fifth-graders could solve problems with the skill that, in other schools, was common in third or even second grade. So they turned math lessons into c...

The Buffalo News

Tiffany Lankes

22 June 2014

Bronx, New York, United States

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Eagle Academy in the Bronx combines rigorous academics, high expectations, and a structured environment to help minority students succeed.

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

14 June 2014

Toppenish, Washington, United States

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Toppenish High School in Washington State boasts a graduation rate of 94% despite the fact that a third of all parents in the town dropped out of school by ninth grade and the student body is all low-income. Respondin...

Politico

Ben Schreckinger

10 June 2014

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston had a hard time solving civic problems efficiently and holding its leadership accountable. In response, a team in the Mayor's office was charged with "making Boston better through clever, low-cost hacks" such a...

The New York Times

Ankita Rao

15 May 2014

Karnataka, India

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B. Godihal is one of the thousands of communities in Karnataka that have worked to hold clean elections, stirred by a confluence of awareness campaigns by nongovernmental organizations and rising public frustration wi...

Harper's Magazine

Lisa M. Hamilton

17 April 2014

Altiplano, Bolivia

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The solution is quinoa, the problem is a bit more complicated. As the human population increases alongside environmental challenges like water scarcity and climate change, quinoa shines as the answer to what can withs...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 April 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is gaining in popularity as a way for the government to spend tax money wisely. While not quite as flashy or e...

Earth Island

Benjamin Goldfarb

1 April 2014

Alberta, Canada

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A robust population of grizzly bears can be an indicator of healthy land; however, the bears also can destroy grain bins, consume vegetation, and kill livestock. Ranchers work with the Canadian government and local co...

National Geographic

Laurel Neme

12 March 2014

Bharatpur, Nepal

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Bucking the worldwide trend, Nepal continues its successful fight against poaching, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.

The New York Times

Binyamin Appelbaum

25 February 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Many subprime borrowers in the United States are financially unable to buy a home themselves. An unconventional lender is trying to make it easier for low-income people to buy houses despite the tighter requirements t...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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In Fayetteville, the Mayor and Police Chief have taken a personalized approach in seeking a solution for blighted, low-income neighborhoods and are working to increase the number of city staff on-hand to help address ...

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