Author: Michael Karpman

Are City Efforts to Improve Child Outcomes Producing Results?

City leaders are working harder than ever to improve the odds for children, youth and families.  They are increasingly leading initiatives to boost educational achievement, not only for students in K-12 public schools, but also for young children, out-of-school youth and those striving to complete a postsecondary education.  They are at the forefront of local

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Book Review: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Inner-city slums.  Rural isolation.  The affluent suburbs.  For decades, these terms have demarcated the mental boundaries of our nation’s collective understanding of the geography of poverty and wealth in America. Yet this geography has been changing rapidly in recent years – and neither our perceptions nor our poverty reduction policies are keeping pace. In a

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“My job is to make sure people are safe.”

When was the last time you saw public officials representing Americans of all backgrounds having a reasonable discussion on how to prevent gun violence? For the mayors addressing a standing-room only crowd of municipal officials visiting Washington, D.C., for NLC’s Congressional City Conference this morning, the impact of gun-related deaths and injuries is personal, immediate, and demanding of a pragmatic and sensible response.

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In Dublin, Witnessing a Global Competition for Human Talent

The following post was written by John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor of the City of New Haven, Conn., and Past NLC President.  It originally appeared as a column in the New Haven Register on February 9, and has been reprinted with permission from Mayor DeStefano. A western Ukrainian boxer speaking English with an Irish accent?  By

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Governor Brown Signs AB 526, Paving the Way for Better Coordination of Violence Prevention Funding in California

This week brings some good news from the violence prevention front in California. Frequent readers of this blog and other National League of Cities media may be aware that NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families has co-sponsored a 13-city gang prevention initiative since 2007.  The California Cities Gang Prevention Network identifies promising strategies to

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One Stroke of a Pen Could Mean Less Violence, More Vibrant Communities for California

Jack Calhoun, director of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network and senior consultant to NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families and the U.S. Department of Justice, wrote the following post on youth violence prevention legislation in California, which is cross-posted at Mr. Calhoun’s Hope Matters website at http://www.hopematters.org. Assembly Bill (AB) 526 sits on

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Kids Living in Combat Zones…in U.S. Cities

Which group do you think has higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): American soldiers deployed to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, or American children living in high-crime urban neighborhoods who are exposed to community violence?  At a Congressional briefing held a week ago, Dr. Howard Spivak, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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