Author: Emily Pickren

Incarceration as Usual? The MacArthur Foundation Doesn’t Think So

Nearly 12 million people are sent to local jails every year – and 75 percent of those in jail are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses such as traffic, property or public order violations. The number of people currently incarcerated in the United States is equal to the combined populations of Los Angeles and New York City.

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With So Much at Stake, Mayors Look to Lead on Education

Mayors and community leaders alike recognize that a high quality education system spurs economic development, reduces crime and lifts families out of poverty. NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. has made education a priority. Photo credit: chriscoleman.org. Over the last decade, educators and stakeholders in cities across the country have been engaged

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Pay for Success: A New Opportunity for Local Governments to be Catalysts for Change

Calling all participants in the social innovation economy! If you’re a local government interested in social innovation finance or social impact bonds, check out this new opportunity to make impactful social interventions that produce results for communities in need. Through its Social Innovation Fund, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $1.9

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Summer Meals Awareness and Participation Increases Across the Nation

This post was written by Signe Anderson and Kate Sims of the Food Research and Action Center.   Each year, when school comes to a close, millions of low-income children lose access to the school meals they rely on during the academic year. However, last summer marked the first significant increase in the number of

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Keeping the Promises in Jacksonville, Florida

This post was written by the Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor, Jacksonville, Florida. It originally appeared on the GradNation blog. As mayor of Jacksonville, I recognize the importance of education to the success and vitality of a city. By equipping students with the skills they need to achieve their fullest potential, we ensure our city has

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Developing a Shared Vision for Educational Alignment Beyond the Classroom

This post was written by Tonja Rucker, Principal Associate for Early Childhood at NLC. The post also appears on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s blog. Historically, education and human service systems have developed independently from each other despite sharing a common purpose.  Insufficient communication and coordination among systems and programs for young children can make

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Teaming up to Capitalize on Natural Beauty: Knoxville and Knox County, TN

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the third post in this series, written by  Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN and Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, TN. We’re moving in Knoxville,

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Improving Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the second post in this series, and was written by L. Dennis Michael, the Mayor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga, California. As a Let’s Move!

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Beaumont, TX becomes the first Let’s Move! City, Town or County to Earn Gold Medals in Every LMCTC Goal!

In honor of the 4th anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative this week, we are reprinting a series of blog posts from the Lets Move! blog. Below is the first post in this series, and was written by Dr. Alan B. Coleman. Dr. Coleman is a Councilmember for the City of Beaumont, Texas. The

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