September 6, 2018
In school districts across the country, being held accountable for grades and graduation rates has motivated educators to tamper with results. Some places are starting to crack down on this temptation.
August 31, 2018
If Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti intervenes in the labor dispute, political observers say practically every potential outcome could hurt his future.
August 27, 2018
What do offshore drilling and vaping have to do with each other? Nothing, except that they appear together on one ballot question in Florida, which appears to be ground zero this year for legal battles over ballot language.
August 16, 2018
Several cities and transit agencies have been working with the TSA to test the security devices.
August 2, 2018
The online retail giant's new relationship with public schools and agencies raises concerns that the company is cornering the marketplace and costing taxpayers more money.
August 1, 2018
Location-based apps like Yelp and Foursquare might be exacerbating housing problems in transitional neighborhoods.
July 26, 2018
They have created fiscal stress for states and municipalities, and exacerbated inequality. A new report offers a simple solution to alleviate those issues.
July 26, 2018
Some promising signs suggest the city may be turning around its troubled school system. It offers lessons for other struggling districts.
July 12, 2018
Charlotte, N.C., is using the sporting event as an opportunity to close the investment gaps between businesses owned by white women and people of color.
July 9, 2018
The Supreme Court's decision could weaken unions' collective bargaining power, which has historically benefited women of color more than most.
July 5, 2018
Cat Goughnour is pushing several cities to give community members more say in urban design.
July 2, 2018
A lawsuit alleges that Washington, D.C., illegally wooed "creative-class" millennials at the expense of longtime residents. Others argue, "this is not a conspiracy. This is capitalism.”
June 19, 2018
The push to form new governments is heating up in places from Georgia to California.
June 14, 2018
There's a growing movement to eliminate the so-called tip credit for bartenders and servers. Washington, D.C., could be next to outlaw the practice.
June 14, 2018
San Francisco just elected its first black female mayor at a time when the number of big-city black mayors has been on the decline. Their leadership style has changed, too.
June 12, 2018
Libraries across the country are training their staff to administer the drug that can reverse an overdose.
May 31, 2018
The annual National League of Cities report reveals a shift in the way mayors talk, especially about infrastructure.
May 16, 2018
Austin Beutner, the new leader of Los Angeles schools, is the latest big-city superintendent with no education experience. Some say that -- and his ties to charter schools -- are cause for concern.
May 14, 2018
Land use experts question whether vacant property taxes are the right way to spur development.
May 10, 2018
Roanoke, Va., is betting big on beer.
April 30, 2018
Despite an urban real estate boom, the home-values gap for traditionally African-American neighborhoods is actually getting worse.
April 26, 2018
Fayetteville, N.C., earned the top honors in the annual Equipt to Innovate report, a joint study from Governing and the nonprofit Living Cities.
April 23, 2018
The justices will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case over the state's legislative and congressional maps, which have been accused of discriminating against black and Latino voters.
April 20, 2018
The Supreme Court required prosecutors to do this decades ago, but they don't always follow the rules. New York is the latest state to strengthen them.
April 11, 2018
Under the Trump administration, and most Republican White Houses, enforcement of the 1968 anti-discrimination law has weakened. Housing advocates say the constantly changing federal approach has held back progress.
April 11, 2018
Predictive technologies promise to let police fight crime before it happens. But do they work?
April 10, 2018
New York City is betting that it can learn important lessons from the way the private sector runs. The bet is starting to pay off.
March 29, 2018
Baltimore's 911 system and a range of city services in Atlanta were hijacked in the past week.
March 28, 2018
A new study is the latest to show that landlords often discriminate against minorities and people who use rental vouchers.
March 26, 2018
A new report ranks states' economic reliance on firearms, taking into account jobs, sales and political contributions.
March 21, 2018
The president doesn't want the federal government to help fund public radio and TV stations anymore. Such cuts could exacerbate the already sharp decline in coverage of state capitols and city halls.
March 16, 2018
As an African-American Democrat, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas isn't like a lot of other anti-drug advocates.
March 15, 2018
Of the cities studied, only in New Orleans did white students travel farther than their black peers.
March 8, 2018
Florida is closest to ending the clock-changing practice, but other states have flirted with the idea.
March 7, 2018
The NRA has "in essence become a terrorist organization," said Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is considering cutting it out of the state's gun permitting process. It's not the only state, however, that directs funds toward the group.
March 7, 2018
Republicans eliminated some of the tax benefits for owning a home. But experts aren't sure how much that will matter.
March 6, 2018
Atlanta, Chicago and Minneapolis have won funding to better identify and help victims.
March 6, 2018
Emails, voicemails, texts, Facebook and Twitter have made it easier for residents to reach out to governments -- and harder for governments to respond.
March 2, 2018
More than 40 city leaders have joined a new exchange to share disaster relief expertise with their local counterparts on the island.
February 27, 2018
New studies suggest that school vouchers have minimal impact on college enrollment and even less of an effect on college graduation rates.
February 26, 2018
Barely one in 10 students scored proficient on recent state reading exams.
February 21, 2018
The Roca program has helped keep hundreds of youths out of jail in Massachusetts. Now officials want to transplant that success to one of the toughest crime cities in the nation.
February 12, 2018
The president's budget calls for a $1.1 billion investment in school choice.
February 7, 2018
Everyone agrees the state's education system isn't working. But no one can agree on how to fix it.
January 31, 2018
Homicide rates are at an all-time high in the city, and its police department has been mired in turmoil. The state is stepping in.
January 19, 2018
The number of children packed into overcrowded homes remains high and comes at a tremendous social cost.
January 10, 2018
Thanks to a generation of underfunding, many big-city school districts now face deteriorating buildings and billions of dollars in maintenance needs.
January 9, 2018
Housing experts predict that the tax overhaul will spur home values and property tax revenues to drop, forcing cities to find new ways to raise money -- or to cut spending.
January 4, 2018
As rents and demand for renting increase, millions of Americans are being evicted -- sometimes with only a few days' notice.
December 14, 2017
The recount on Thursday confirmed Keisha Lance Bottoms' lead, likely keeping the city's decades-long tradition of black mayors alive. But shifting demographics will change how people lead it.
November 21, 2017
The city is eliminating short-term jail sentences for low-level misdemeanors. Other cities will undoubtedly be watching the impact.
November 15, 2017
After four years in office, the New York mayor has a mixed reputation among liberals. But he seemingly has a chance to change that.
October 9, 2017
What started as a fringe movement has gained steam in recent years.
October 2, 2017
Nevada's recent politics suggest just how difficult it can be for states to enact gun control measures -- even when a majority of citizens favor them.
September 28, 2017
The Trump administration's latest reversal of Obama policing strategies instead puts an emphasis on tough-on-crime policies. But the shift will undermine efforts to rebuild relations between communities and police, say many law enforcement officials and experts.
September 8, 2017
When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, it hit one of the country's biggest gateways for refugees -- a population that has already had to rebuild their lives and will now struggle to do it again.
September 1, 2017
A coastal North Carolina city ranks first in the nation in opioid abuse. Now it wants to become an innovation hub for battling the crisis.
August 29, 2017
Houston is the nation's fourth largest city. While all urban areas present unique evacuation challenges, some are bigger than others.
August 29, 2017
New York City is taking an innovative approach that relies on street-level "violence interrupters" to curb crimes involving weapons. Chicago's been doing it for years.
August 17, 2017
Are they prepared?