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Neal Morton

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16 November 2018

Washington, United States

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On college campuses across California and Washington state, the Umoja Community program groups black freshman in small classes that focus on historic and present issues affecting black communities. While 33 percent of...

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Neal Morton

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19 October 2018

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Landed will pay for half a teacher's down payment on a home in exchange for a quarter of profits when the house is sold down the line. The San Francisco-based startup has recently arrived in Bellevue, where the median...

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Danny Westneat

5 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Seattle allowed a homeless encampment to freely use drugs, 911 calls jumped up. Dealers flocked in, and the majority of inhabitants camped out for more than a year. Instead of trying it again, the city should be ...

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Vianna Davila

20 September 2018

San Francisco, United States

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San Francisco is following through on a controversial, aggressive plan to move people experiencing homelessness from encampments and tents, responding to complaints that the city's growing number of homeless people a...

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David Gutman

4 September 2018

Des Moines, Washington, United States

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A small town near Seattle installed red light cameras in 2016 and officials immediately founder higher numbers of traffic violations than predicted, especially at one intersection, which accounted for most of the tick...

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Scott Greenstone

24 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Portland, Oregon embraced the idea of not turning anyone away from homeless shelters a couple of years ago, but the well-meaning approach quickly ballooned in costs and ultimately was unable to fulfill its promise. Ho...

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Vianna Davila

12 August 2018

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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In Washington State's Pierce County, homeless services employees have been helping people on the housing waiting list by using "diversion," to "connect clients to one-time financial help, instead of a prolonged subsid...

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Michelle Baruchman

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1 August 2018

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Bellevue’s pilot bike lane project is starting slow and ready for feedback. By beginning the project with less than a mile of bike lanes downtown, the city made sure to brand it as a pilot, hoping to measure results a...

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Neal Morton

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13 July 2018

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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As absenteeism has decreased and scores have gone up, Vancouver's community school model has not gone unnoticed. Administrators and teachers attribute the change to the city's push to incorporate social services into ...

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Katherine Long

2 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Two federally-funded Seattle tech training programs tasked with increasing diversity in the industry returned dramatically different results over the course of one year. Experts credit Apprenti's employer-driven natur...

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Erika Schultz

25 June 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Popsicle Palace, an organization that serves the Seattle area, provides housing for families with chronically ill children who are experiencing homelessness. The program designs rooms for children with compromised imm...

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Katherine Long

13 June 2018

Washington, United States

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The University of Washington State Academic Red Shirt program provides enrolled students with an extra year of prerequisite instruction in an attempt to prepare them to pursue an engineering degree. Five years in, the...

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Katherine Long

1 June 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Only one year after Tennessee became the first state to offer free community college education to all high school graduates, the college enrollment rate increased by five percent. By reducing barriers to entry, the pr...

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Benjamin Romano

13 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle, tradeswomen have been hard at work building a village of tiny houses. The project accomplishes two objectives: creating homes for the many homeless women in Seattle while also providing valuable experience...

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Scott Greenstone

5 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Start-ups in Seattle are using apps and technology to connect the city's massive homeless population to those who can help. Apps like Beacon are helping people to donate directly to the homeless people they may pass o...

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Vianna Davila

3 May 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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For homeless people living out of their cars, a safe place to park for the night is essential. While Seattle has struggled with this, the cities of San Diego and Santa Barbara have implemented more successful programs...

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Michelle Baruchman

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28 April 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When public transportation is not an option and commuting alone is undesirable, vanpools are a great option for shared commuting. Seattle’s vanpool program is the largest in the country, with 1,469 vanpools, followed ...

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David Gutman

23 April 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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As Seattle tries to implement bike lanes effectively, it can look to Vancouver as a success story. Vancouver’s bike lanes are physically separated from roads, making riders safer and increasing the number of people wh...

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David Gutman

19 April 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The mantra of public transit officials in Vancouver is: “The best transportation plan is a good land-use plan.” Their ideology, clearly manifested in public transit development over the last several decades, has led t...

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Katherine Long

15 March 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington state boasts one of the country's most established and successful dual-credit programs, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school (at no cost). Some participants even graduate hig...

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Katherine Long

22 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Students enrolled in community college may waste time and money if they don't have a clear plan laid out for their post-secondary education. With new grant funding, five community colleges in Washington are working to...

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Katherine Long

13 January 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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“It’s like my tongue is tap-dancing,” is how one student described learning Lushootseed, an indigenous language. Colleges and universities are allowing students to get a credit for learning an indigenous language. A f...

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Claudia Rowe

7 December 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

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In most "gifted" programs across the U.S., students are predominantly middle income and white, regardless of the variation in demographics between districts. Since the 1990s, Miami public schools have made it their qu...

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Claudia Rowe

23 October 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle’s Central District continues plans to expand their juvenile detention center, one prosecutor is looking for ways to keep kids out of it. "Our system has proven woefully inadequate, so we can’t just keep doi...

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Neal Morton

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2 September 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Acting on research that suggests students' freshman year grades are a reliable predictor of whether or not they will graduate from high school, administrators and teachers in Seattle are implementing new efforts to av...

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