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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have introduced student activity monitoring software and other digital tools aimed at facilitating remote classroom management and driving student engagement. Though helpful, these tools can also be intrusive. This report examines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
It is widely acknowledged that hospitals and universities are anchor institutions - that is, place-based institutions that are tied to their location by reason of mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers or employees and hence have a vested interest in improving the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source In the Public Interest
Policy Areas Education
The unchecked expansion of charter schools in California has led to dire fiscal conditions for the public education system, and public school students are bearing the costs. California’s Charter School Act doesn’t allow school boards to consider how a proposed charter school may impact...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, School District, National
State(s) All States
Source University of Michigan: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Policy Areas Education, Data & Technology
Facial recognition in schools risks amplifying and institutionalizing existing racial biases (resulting in disproportionate surveillance and humiliation of marginalized students), normalizing surveillance, and commodifying student data. This report strongly recommends that facial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) California
Source LAANE
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
In January 2019, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) held a six-day strike in response to challenges facing The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), resulting from LAUSD’s inability to raise local property taxes and the growing charter school sector that draws funding away...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
Lead exposure negatively affects childrens’ learning and behavior, and increases government expenditures related to education, health care, and incarceration. The report makes recommendations geared towards preventing elevated lead levels in growing children and inhibiting the development...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, School District, National
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Housing, Education
This fact sheet offers tips for homeless students struggling to navigate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, it informs students of their rights and outlines resources they can utilize to obtain free meals, internet access, or guidance....

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Education Law Center
Policy Areas Education, Children & Families
This fact sheet offers tips for disabled students (and their parents) struggling to navigate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, it informs families of their children’s rights to temporary learning plans (and their decisions to disagree with them), IEP meetings,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. This policy brief examines reports from across the country to learn more about where progress is being made to address childhood obesity....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
As the community foundation field reaches the century mark and faces growing pressure on its business model, many communities at the same time are struggling with economic distress. To meet these converging challenges, an innovative group of community foundations are beginning to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors. These local human and economic relationships link institution well-being to that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
The vast majority of food marketing to young kids promotes unhealthy foods and beverages. This report describes the many channels through which young children are exposed to unhealthy food marketing (i.e. outdoor advertising, broadcast media, digital media, etc) and provides policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level School District
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are tasked with providing a quality education to their students, along with ensuring their safety and welfare, regardless if classes are being held in-person or virtually. Additionally, schools must adjust to the economic ramifications brought...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Education, Democracy & Governance
Tax abatements makes Ohio schools lost revenue, causing spotty reporting in forgone revenue with government compensation. The report provides recommendation for better tax abatements report....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Growing concern over childhood obesity has prompted a focus on underlying epidemics of physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Regarding the former, there is increasing understanding that behavior change promotion alone has not increased population physical activity levels and that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Coalition Of Urban Serving Universities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
In the past quarter century, universities have committed themselves to greater engagement in their communities. They are increasingly seen as "anchor" institutions - whose physical presence is integral to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the community. Urban-based universities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
For generations, cities have been places where people of every background have sought opportunity. But as urban economies have evolved in recent decades, our cities have experienced sharp growth in economic disparities, and many communities have suffered. Addressing these disparities...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) California
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health, Children & Families, Food
Restaurants encourage children and adolescents to choose specific menu items by linking them with free toys and other incentive items. This ordinance states that a restaurant may not provide an incentive item linked to the purchase of a single food item or meal if it includes excessive...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Over the last two decades childhood obesity has risen at an alarming rate in the United States. In 1999, 13 percent of children ages six to 11 and 14 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 19 were overweight. This prevalence has nearly tripled. Now, the number of overweight children in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Center for Democracy & Technology
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Education, Data & Technology
Some schools and school districts are turning to social media monitoring as a response to the threat of mass shootings. Companies are marketing services claiming to identify sexual content and drug and alcohol use; prevent mass violence, self-harm, and bullying; and flag students...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement 77 requires most state and local government bodies, including school districts, to annually disclose the costs of corporate tax abatements. As a result of the new rule, thousands of America’s public school districts are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Chester, Pennsylvania, a small, formerly industrial city located on the Delaware River, not far from Philadelphia, exemplifies the problems and possibilities faced by older manufacturing cities across the United States, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. Chester's problems of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, School District
State(s) Louisiana, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Texas
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Public school students in the U.S. suffered poorer schools—and local and state taxpayers paid higher taxes—in 2019 due to corporate tax breaks; economic development tax abatements given to corporations cost public school districts at least $2.37 billion in foregone revenue in FY 2019....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level County, State, School District
State(s) All States
Source Good Jobs First
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education
Public school districts in South Carolina suffered a sharp increase in lost tax revenue in FY 2019 due to tax breaks granted to private corporations by county governments. The revenues of South Carolina’s school districts are reduced via state permitted programs that grant businesses...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State, School District
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Children & Families, Education
Michigan has shifted a total of $4.5 billion intended for K-12 public schools to universities and community colleges since 2010. This cut to K-12 education was not done for the benefit of postsecondary education, but to balance the state budget and compensate for General Fund dollars...

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