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The Hechinger Report

Meredith Kolodner

14 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective ...

This American Life

Nikole Hannah-Jones

31 July 2015

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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At the height of desegregation, the achievement gap between white and black students decreased to 18 percent, compared to 49 percent. Evidence suggests integrating schools works, because it gives students of color acc...

Foreign Policy

Valerie Hudson

Andrew Den Boer

30 July 2015

South Korea

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Due to patrilineality, sons are highly favored over daughters in many countries, with serious consequence. South Korea, the only country to have returned to normal sex ratios after having a highly abnormal ratio of b...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

11 July 2015

United States

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America has the largest number of homeless women and children in the industrialized world - it’s a depressing statistic exacerbated by a housing crisis that forced thousands of families out onto the street. The first-...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

9 July 2015

Berlin, Germany

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To address the increasing unaffordability of housing in Berlin, the city introduced a new rent control law to prevent rates from exponential growth. The city has also outlawed vacation rentals in certain zones of the ...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Sarah Zahedi

9 July 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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For 20 years, the Center for Young Women’s Development has been a safe space for thousands of young women ages 16 to 24 who have been incarcerated or are homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. The center is most reco...

Vox

Sarah Kliff

Johnny Harris

9 July 2015

Roseville, California, United States

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Central line infections can be a death sentence to a patient, so hospitals have been trying to determine how to reduce this likelihood. The solution appears to be in the difference between hospitals willing to learn f...

The Guardian

Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

7 July 2015

Cameroon

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Cameroon was plagued by droughts, water-related illnesses, and an influx of refugees--all of which required a surplus of clean water. The government devised solar panel water distribution systems, which brought fresh ...

The Press Democrat

Angela Hart

25 June 2015

Sonoma, California, United States

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In a county in California, federal agencies are implementing a model known as Housing First which gets homeless people safe, secure housing before tackling root causes of homelessness.

Upworthy

Angie Aker

24 June 2015

Marquette, Wisconsin, United States

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Marquette County outmatched the rest of Wisconsin in binge-drinking rates back in 2005. By 2012, instead of going up by 5% like the rest of Wisconsin did, Marquette county reduced theirs by 15%. Evidence points to the...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

24 June 2015

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Researchers from Yale and MIT conducted a poverty study across various countries and found that aid can relieve poverty if it is comprehensive and gives people a productive asset.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

21 June 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Low income children in Cleveland with severe, chronic asthma are given quality treatment but often live in substandard housing with mold, dust, lead or secondhand smoke and continue suffering potentially lethal attack...

Reuters

Dean Karlan

17 June 2015

Korom, Ethiopia

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For years, policymakers have debated different approaches to helping the poor , but new data offers resounding evidence for a strategy that works: an approach known as a “Graduation” program. This method offers partic...

PBS NewsHour

Amy Scott

16 June 2015

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Cincinnati is making efforts to close the achievement gap between poor children and more advantaged students by fighting the effects of poverty. Lower Price Hill’s Oyler School is part of a growing national movement t...

NPR

Cory Turner

9 June 2015

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

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At 90 percent, Iowa's high school graduation rate was the best in the nation in 2015. The NPR Ed Team looked at Iowa City's lowest performing schools to get a sense of how the state differentiates itself. Scavo, an al...

PBS Frontline

Matthew O'Neil

8 June 2015

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut is attempting to reduce prison recidivism by changing parole practices. Changes to the system are allowing parole officers to foster relationships with parolees and counsel them as people, not as cases.

Marketplace

Alisa Roth

2 June 2015

Rochester, New York, United States

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Like the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that help seriously mentally ill people avoid costly long-term hospital stays, Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams try to help the same population avo...

Bright Magazine

James Redford

1 June 2015

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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Adverse childhood experiences — like assault, emotional abuse, observing domestic violence — can fundamentally alter a child’s body and brain. Lincoln High School teachers are taking in a "trauma-informed care" approa...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

29 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defens...

KPJR Films

James Redford

28 May 2015

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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Paper Tigers captures the pain, the danger, the beauty, and the hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better.

The Guardian

Colleen Kimmett

28 May 2015

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Healthcare professionals have learned that weight loss efforts can be much more effective when led by a trusted guide – and that person may not be a doctor. A neighborhood church assumes responsibility for keeping the...

Toronto Star

Catherine Porter

23 May 2015

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Poverty increases the risk of illness due to insecure housing, unstable employment, poor education, etc. A hospital program in Toronto addresses these social determinants for health by prescribing patients to apply fo...

The Ithaca Voice

Jeff Stein

22 May 2015

Ithaca, New York, United States

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The law often traps offenders in a cycle of lawbreaking. LEAD allows for drug users to become committed to a program that helps them through the quitting process instead of throwing them into prison and isolating them...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Anita Hofschneider

20 May 2015

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Problems such as discrimination, unemployment, and homelessness can be at the root of chronic health problems such as diabetes. The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawaii provide a holistic approach to healt...

Truthout

Jean Trounstine

15 May 2015

Massachusetts, United States

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From state to state, officials are grappling with how to improve how children experience the criminal justice system. The process is highly variable – each state varies on the age that children can go to court, and a ...

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