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THE FUTURE OF Finance

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Will the Denver, Boulder Area Be the Next Quantum Tech Hub?

The region in Colorado is slowly emerging as a hub for quantum technology, which is already being used in cellphones and medical devices, and could provide a major boost to the state’s economy.

By Joe Rubino, The Denver Post  |  April 16, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Fulton County: Elections Costs Will Keep Increasing

The Georgia county spent $38.3 million during the 2020 election cycle, nearly four times the amount spent in 2016. But officials expect that the election price tag will only continue to grow.

By Ben Brasch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  April 16, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Recall Threat Could Stop California from Declaring a Drought

Despite the dry conditions, Gavin Newsom has not yet declared an official drought emergency. Many believe that the recall threat against the governor is preventing the declaration.

By Sophia Bollag and Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee  |  April 16, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Missoula May Remove Mask Mandate if Residents Get Vaccinated

If 60 percent of the county’s residents get at least one dose by May 11, public health officials will change the mask mandate to a recommendation. If COVID numbers worsen, the county will reinstate the mandate.

By Jordan Hansen, Missoulian  |  April 16, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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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Future in Context

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.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large and Dennis McKenna, Editor-in-Chief  |  April 16, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Black Community Pushes Durham Officials to Address Racial Bias

After complaints from a county employee of racial discrimination in the workplace, Black faith and political leaders want county officials to address a growing culture of anti-Blackness.

By Charlie Innis, The News & Observer  |  April 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Hawaii Is the Only State Not Extending Tax Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service extended the tax filing deadline to May 17 and most other states have made similar extensions. Hawaii, however, has not adjusted its deadline and taxes for state residents are due Tuesday.

By Andrew Gomes, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  April 15, 2021
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