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The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

14 March 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City school district and a group of local nonprofits are implementing a new software management system that will allow partners to access student data from a range of sources. The data-sharing agreement wil...

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Edward Siddons

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13 March 2019

Denmark

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Every year, the sixth week of classes in Denmark is dedicated to sex education. Over 20,000 teachers and 400,000 students participate in programming that goes beyond the basics to challenge participants to analyze gen...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

11 March 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Citizen, a crime-tracking app that first made an appearance in New York and California, has launched in Baltimore, Maryland, a city with a crime rate that has skyrocketed in recent years. Alerting community members to...

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Marisa Demarco

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21 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque Police Department knows that not all community members are apt to trust in officers, so the department created a new interdisciplinary team specifically focused on working with those people. Although this ...

This is Africa

Patrick Egwu

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15 February 2019

Enugu, Nigeria

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To combat the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa, communities band together to spread awareness through film, religious outlets, community gatherings, and other creative means of education. While...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Zaidee Stavely

12 February 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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An ethnic studies teacher at an Oakland high school with a large immigrant population asks each student to spend a bit of the class time teaching their home language to the class. Acacia WoodsChan has noted increasing...

CityLab

Linda Poon

11 February 2019

United States

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Libraries serve as trusted stewards of information in the public domain. Looking beyond the traditional management of printed records and archives, libraries across the United States and Canada aim to make data sets r...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

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7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore passed a law that cracks down on rental property owners that have been operating without required inspection, leaving renters living in squalor. While critics fear that owners and landlords may lose business...

The Christian Science Monitor

Eoin O'Carroll

7 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Human-based fact checking offers a more dynamic and thorough way to determine the credibility of news outlets than the use of machine learning software. Although humans are still prone to implicit biases, NewsGuard’s ...

Yes! Magazine

Sydney Worth

5 February 2019

United States

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A smartphone app connects users with sex experts who are qualified to answer questions about healthy sex and relationships. Juicebox aims to fill gaps in the heteronormative sex education offered in U.S. schools and s...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella launched two initiatives to help middle income families save money. The first is an awareness campaign called You Earned it Philly, which aims to encourage the over 50,000 peo...

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

27 January 2019

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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Taos High School's EQ Retreat is an opportunity for seniors to share their experiences with stress and trauma with underclassmen, providing a relatable voice and lessons for overcoming the challenges inside and outsid...

Politico Magazine

Max Blau

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24 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Strengthening the link between local journalism and civic engagement lends a voice to communities long underrepresented. Chicago’s City Bureau brings the newsroom out to neighborhoods and communities. In an effort to ...

Governing

Katherine Barrett

Richard Greene

15 January 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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States and localities are moving beyond traditional uses of geographic information systems, also known as GIS, and into a wide array of smart, dynamic uses of the burgeoning technology. In Cincinatti, city analysts ex...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

20 December 2018

United States

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Teton Science Schools, New Classrooms, and Summit Learning are examples of "model providers" - schools that have found solutions that seem to solve common issues faced by many elementary and secondary schools. Through...

Pacific Standard

Shelby Pope

17 December 2018

Alabama, United States

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The Bunk Police sell kits that test the content of drugs—such as LSD and MDA—providing an effective way for people to ensure they are not taking potentially harmful synthetics. While studies show that these kits provi...

The New York Times

Elian Peltier

13 December 2018

Lyons, France

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the ...

Hyperallergic

Emily Wilson

30 November 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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Installed throughout Oakland, Rosten Woo’s sculptures consist of bells that chime at quicker frequency the more particulate is present in the air. Through this means, Woo make air quality data visible and pushes for e...

The Buffalo News

Maki Becker

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30 November 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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After successfully testing a program out that used police officers as the conduits for organizing community-based activities, the Buffalo Police Department has created a team specifically to continue the work. Known a...

NPR

Anya Kamenetz

13 November 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Researchers are using an approach that has reduced unsafe drinking on college campuses and applying it to preventing sexual assault and harassment by giving students actual facts about what their peers are doing and t...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A fight against a condo in chinatown shows the power of local activists. When private developers tried building condos near a memorial, Chinese residents who had been in the neighborhood for decades were outraged: it ...

Ensia

Chris West

9 November 2018

Brazil

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Certification schemes, which track international supply chains of commodities like soy or palm oil, can help consumers avoid products that contribute to deforestation. Some such schemes are showing promising results. ...

The Huffington Post

Oliver Balch

9 November 2018

United States

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A growing number of tenant-focused websites are trying to level the power dynamic between shoddy landlords and tenants by giving tenants a voice. “There is a big power mismatch in today’s rental market, but it doesn’t...

Splice

Kiran Nazish

8 November 2018

Uttar Pradesh, India

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Originally developed as a tool for women in rural India to learn how to read and write, Khabar Lahariya has grown into an important outlet of Indian journalism. Covering events in small, rural communities whose isolat...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

8 November 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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An amendment passed in Louisiana does away with non-unanimous jury verdicts that have helped solidify racial discrimination in the criminal justice system since they were implemented in response to Reconstruction. Dat...

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