THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Young Autistic Pennsylvania Lawmaker Overcomes the Odds

Jessica Benham has faced disadvantages that would keep most people out of politics. She hasn’t let that stop her from getting elected to the state Legislature.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 21, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

States Move Forward on Compensation for Student Athletes

Colleges make billions from the feats of student athletes. Recent bills could open the door for athletes to receive compensation beyond their scholarships.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 21, 2021
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Storefront Stagnation: Coping With Neighborhood Retail’s New Realities

We miss the locally owned shops that once sustained community on our Main Streets. We need to try to sustain them in a radically different economic world.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  April 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Houston Is the Nation’s Most Diverse City: Report

A report from WalletHub ranked the diversity of 501 cities using 13 different metrics. Houston, Texas, was the most diverse while Provo, Utah, was the least.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  April 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Pandemic Provokes City vs. State Conflicts

The coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 elections have increased the number of states preempting local laws and ordinances, especially where cities and states were run by different political parties.

By Elaine S. Povich, Stateline  |  April 20, 2021
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West Virginia Bill Looks to Censor Social Media

Can the government regulate information shared by social media companies during an election? According to one West Virginia lawmaker, the answer is "yes." The ACLU, however, says not so fast.

By Katya Maruri, Government Technology  |  April 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why We Need to Electrify America’s School Bus Fleet

Diesel fumes spewed by the buses we're using poison children, drivers and neighborhoods. Transitioning to electric buses also can create good jobs and healthier communities.

By John A. Costa, Amalgamated Transit Union, and Sonal Jessel, WE ACT for Environmental Justice  |  April 19, 2021
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The estimated number of Connecticut children in grades K-12 that currently have religious exemptions from immunization requirements. A recently proposed bill that would end the state’s religious exemption starting in the 2022-23 school year passed the House of Representatives after 16 hours of debate and now awaits action from the Senate.


Students Flocked to Cyber-Charter Schools This Year. So Did District Revenue and Federal Relief Funds

Like brick and mortar charter schools, cyber-charters are funded by contributions from public school districts. Districts pay the online schools an annual rate for each of their students who opt to enroll in one.

By Elizabeth Hardison, Pennsylvania Capital-Star  |  April 18, 2021
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MLB’s Decision to Drop Atlanta Highlights the Economic Power Companies Can Wield Over Lawmakers – When They Choose To

Usually, companies use this power to secure financial benefits for themselves, such as tax or regulation relief. But increasingly, they're using it for social causes as well.

By Benjamin Means, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina  |  April 18, 2021
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Future in Context

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick Create Perfect Hemingway Documentary

Ken Burns and his team have helped put American history in context through documentaries on topics ranging from the Civil War and Vietnam to jazz and baseball. Their latest takes on one of America’s greatest and complicated writers.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  April 18, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Cities Focus on Urban Curbs and How to Manage Them

Once an overlooked part of the urban landscape, the curb is now considered hot real estate in many cities. The demands of delivery services, ridesharing and micromobility have cities re-examining how they manage their assets.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  April 15, 2021
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Can the Left Reclaim Populism With Biden as the Modern FDR?

A prolific and outspoken author contends the term "populism" has been turned on its head, and not since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has the White House been occupied by a man of the people.

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