TABLE of CONTENTS October 2011Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
Bill Gates and other philanthropists are reshaping public education policy with private cash. Can they succeed at making schools perform to their liking?
The White House office is more prominent and responsive than it ever was.
Georgia is the latest state to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to move mental health patients out of hospitals and into the community.
Public-private partnerships have been portrayed as a miracle cure for the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Indiana’s experience may prove otherwise.
Cities are turning abandoned freight train rail lines into parks that attract millions of visitors and investment dollars.
POLITICS + POLICY
As San Francisco County closes more than a third of its courts, local lawyers are trying to find ways to raise more revenue.
The word "borrow" may be taboo still, but one economist says states and localities should take advantage of historic low interest rates.
The modern era of federal aid championed by President Nixon and his “new federalism” program draws to a close.
A surefire way to cut health-care costs is to steer frequent ER visitors to less costly care.
The feds cut funding for a satellite that predicts the location and intensity of tornadoes, hurricanes and snowfall.
Virginia Beach voted against the building of a light rail years ago. Now that it’s up and running in nearby Norfolk, Va., some think beach-dwellers may rethink their decision.
Tapping into young peoples’ creativity in search of green improvements has paid off for an Alaskan school district and its taxpayers.
A new initiative in the nation’s capital is looking to close a stark digital divide.