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The Best Fix for High Unemployment? Prevent Companies From Laying Off Workers

National Journal

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The unemployment crisis is a hard thing to solve - businesses sometimes have no choice but to let workers go. An innovative program tries to prevent joblessness by temporarily paying a portion of workers’ salaries at struggling companies.

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A Card That Gives Migrant Workers a Name

The New York Times

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In India, corruption in the distribution of government ID cards leaves the poorest without legal identity or protection. A non-profit group is creating and distributing unofficial ID cards and legal aid for day workers in major cities in India.

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Boston: There's an App for That

Politico Magazine

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Boston had an issue with solving civic problems efficiently, and holding leadership accountable for it. But a new mobile app makes leaders accountable and, therefore, their systems more efficient.

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What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

The New York Times

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Neighborhood Centers, a Houston anti-poverty program has a simple philosophy: “The people are the asset, the source of potential solutions, not the problem.” The non-profit has scaled nationally, employing its bottom-up approach to disburse funds in poor communities.

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From Institution To Inclusion

WAMU

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For the last 40 years, people with developmental disabilities in D.C. have been fighting for the chance to be like everyone else. This is their story.

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Dealing with blight complaints requires new approach, Memphis says

Fayetteville Observer

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In Memphis, a creative blight-reduction initiative broke down the city into blocks. Inspectors were able to quickly identify all the violations and fix them with no changes in their budget.

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Helping Where Help Is Wanted

The New York Times

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Vacant positions exist in many employment sectors, including in education and in hospitals. ReServe is a program that joins retired professionals to part-time paid positions in non-profits to perform duties. A controversy has emerged that suggests these positions should be paid at a professional-...

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Oklahoma schools district offers insight as EPISD, YISD consider shutting schools

El Paso Times

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to mindfully close under-utilized schools and better maximize the community's resource...

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How to fix the EPA's broken civil-rights office

Center for Public Integrity

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The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights has dismissed many complaints from social minorities who experience environmental disturbances that threaten their daily life or property value. An investigative journalist has interviewed different experts for their opinions on how the ...

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In a Second Career, Working to Make a Difference

The New York Times

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Some inner city schools, nonprofits, and businesses in New York lack the staff to make their organizations function for the people they serve. ReServe is a program that links retired professionals with part-time jobs in schools, libraries, hospitals and other city agencies. A ReServist is not a v...

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