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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

18 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Following an ACLU-led civil-rights lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Department of Correction has implemented huge changes to the treatment of death row inmates. In prisons across the state, individuals who have been sentence...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

14 November 2019

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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In Michigan, the lack of a GED or high school diploma is often what is standing between motivated workers and good jobs. A partnership between Battle Creek Public Schools, community organizations, and local employers ...

Bitterroot

Jodi Hausen

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8 November 2019

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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A company called Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming employs people with developmental and physical disabilities to work in their 3-story greenhouse to address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the labor p...

The New York Times

Bill Pennington

7 November 2019

United States

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The rosters of sports teams at small liberal arts schools are often predominantly white and wealthy. Amherst College in Massachusetts has made a concerted effort to stop recruiting from the same "pay to play" pool and...

The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader

31 October 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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With $14 million in public and private funding, Cleveland transformed its early childhood education offerings in just five years and offers lessons for other cities with similar goals.

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

22 October 2019

Colorado, United States

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A public school in Colorado is specifically designed for students with dyslexia. ALLIES offers small class sizes, daily reading therapy periods, and perhaps most importantly a teacher cohort that has all been specific...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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15 October 2019

Sweden

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To get input on city design plans from citizens without any technical knowledge, some city planners are turning to Minecraft, an easy-to-use computer game that allows users to build in a three dimensional environment....

New Mexico In Depth

Sylvia Ulloa

10 October 2019

New Mexico, United States

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A school district in New Mexico is finding success with a dual language education program. “Our bilingual programs are not just for English learners, they’re for all of our students," Mayra Valtierrez, the director of...

The New York Times

Eliza Shapiro

10 October 2019

New York, United States

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Amidst controversy over gifted programs in New York City, a school in Harlem believes it can offer an alternative model with an admissions policy that bakes in diversity.

The New York Times

Kyle Spencer

10 October 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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A number of elite college prep programs are offering wraparound academic support to low-income students for up to eight years in an effort to replicate the built-in support provided by schools in wealthier districts.

Side Effects Public Media

Sebastián Martínez Valdivia

30 September 2019

Sedalia, Missouri, United States

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Rural areas are often underserved when it comes to medical access, but a town in Missouri is working on changing this by immersing medical students in rural life. Offering students a glimpse of small town life while w...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

26 September 2019

Colombia

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Due to rural conditions and political unrest throughout the region, many in Colombia struggle to access health care, but a group of volunteer pilots is tackling this problem by bringing the health care to the communit...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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18 September 2019

Albany, Minnesota, United States

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A shortage of caregivers throughout the U.S. has forced the industry to rethink how it's attracting workers, especially men. From simplifying applications to better targeted outreach, organizations are implementing ne...

Politico Magazine

Erick Trickey

12 September 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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Now in 10 states and 17 countries, the P-TECH program combines high school with internships and free community college classes. In low-income neighborhoods in Newburgh, New York, P-TECH has helped increase earning and...

Philadelphia Gay News

Laura Smythe

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11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people, finding employment - and keeping it - can be difficult because of their identities. To help combat that, organizations like TransWork are creating employment pro...

EdSource

Sydney Johnson

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11 September 2019

California, United States

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In the near future, students at California high schools may graduate with a "seal" representing their STEM academic accomplishments. The state hopes that this will encourage more students to take these courses and sch...

The New York Times

Ben Casselman

5 September 2019

Round Rock, Texas, United States

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With the assistance of a local non-profit partner, Dell Technologies created a program to recruit employees on the autism spectrum to tap into an under-utilized section of the labor pool. Dell Technologies reflects th...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

4 September 2019

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Across the United States, rural health-care centers that qualify to receive a Federally Qualified Health Centers designation are better able to provide affordable care for those that need it. Although there are limita...

CT Mirror

Bill Sarno

28 August 2019

Connecticut, United States

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To address the persistent lack of minority teachers in Connecticut classrooms, the Capital Region Education Council has developed a teacher residency program in which local minority college graduates are paid to teach...

The New York Times

Joseph Darius Jaafari

27 August 2019

Diepsloot, Johannesburg, South Africa

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In Diepsloot, South Africa, a small office called Lawyers Against Abuse offers legal support for sexual assault cases in a violent city that traditionally does little to address the issue. The organization offers lawy...

Chalkbeat

Alex Zimmerman

27 August 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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New York City will likely phase out its controversial and longstanding gifted and talented programs and shift towards an approach called "schoolwide enrichment models," which are already used in some of the city's sch...

CommonSpace

Rhiannon J. Davies

26 August 2019

Perth, Scotland

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Menopause is often regarded as a taboo topic for women to discuss publicly, but a group in Scotland is looking to normalize the conversation through pop-up cafes that go against this norm. "Menopause cafes," which sta...

Missoulian

Matt Hoffman

19 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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A six-week, half-day kindergarten jumpstart program in Billings, Montana is helping students to get acclimated to the classroom before formally entering school. While the "preschool-lite" offerings are not meant as a ...

Missoulian

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17 August 2019

Billings, Montana, United States

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For those students in a lower income bracket, college can result in its own set of unique challenges, but programs in New York and now Montana are challenging this disadvantage. For three Montana universities, the goa...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

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