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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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Demystifying the MOOC

The New York Times

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

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Ever Wonder Why Nobody Goes to Town Council Meetings? Meet the Folks Who Are Changing That.

NationSwell

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S., with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

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From slipping through the cracks to the college track

The Seattle Times

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Low-income students are at-risk for not completing high school or applying to quality higher education because they lack the guidance, encouragement, and practical support. The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle a...

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Nonpartisan primaries become a game changer

The Boston Globe

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California exemplifies a change to laws on how constituents can vote for candidates in a local election regardless of party affiliation, effectively breaking up the long-standing "monopolies" of incumbents and allowing for an arguably better representation of voting districts in politics.

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Northfield program shrinks Latino achievement gap

Minnesota Public Radio

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

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How This Teen's Quest to Define 'Sustainability' Changed State Law

The Tyee

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Hawaii private school students were taught about ecological sustainability, but public school students were not. After losing a school essay contest about sustainability, a high school student convinced Hawaii’s legislature to pass a resolution requiring that every student learn the meaning of th...

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Instead of Student Loans, Investing in Futures

The New York Times

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For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies?

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How to Topple a Dictator (Peacefully)

The New York Times

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around the world to accomplish political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting...

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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