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  • Improving Our Schools (Seattle Times School Guide)

    In most schools, there's a strong relationship between poverty level and student achievement: Low income is usually tightly linked to low scores. But a handful of area schools are shattering that mold, achieving significantly more than could be predicted from their student demographics. Their methods could be instructive to schools anywhere.
  • The Learning Gap (Education Project)

    After leveling the demographic playing field, this five-day series analyzed standardized test scores to determine the effectiveness of individual Omaha public schools. It found schools that consistently did better than their student demographics would have predicted, and it found schools that fell short. The series then examined the characteristics of successful schools to determine what set them apart from the rest: experienced and effective teachers, better discipline in the classroom, parental and community involvement and an aggressive focus on self-improvement.
  • Racism in the Ranks

    CovertAction Quarterly investigates the effects of white supremacists aggressively recruiting GIs in order to increase links between civilian and military racism. Investigations by the Army and Congress have found minority participation in combat units and special forces units decreasing, but neither the Army nor Congress will comment on the real reasons behind changing military demographics. (Summer 1996)
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    The Times Leader investigation examined why Luzerne County has a higher rate of children in foster care than other counties of similar size and demographics in Pennsylvania. The series found that while it has been commonly believed that foster children are returned to abusive parents too often, the opposite is true: children linger in foster care for months, sometimes years before the courts reach a decision. (Aug. 13, 14 and 15, 1995)
  • Blacks & Whites; Can We All Get Along?

    The Indianapolis Star reports about race relations in the Indianapolis area. The week-long series looks at discrimination and interaction between races from elementary school to work life to social events to interracial relationships.
  • Dying in Custody

    The Asbury Park Press reports that "Hundreds of people, some charged with only minor offenses, wind up dead in jail cells and lockups across the country each year. The actual toll is unknown because no one, including the federal government, bothers keeping track.... What authorities do know is that the majority of these cell deaths outside the formal prison systems are reported as suicides..."
  • Loosening poverty's grasp

    The Plain Dealer looked at a six-square-mile Cleveland area that had been promised about $90 million from the federal Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community program, created by Clinton in 1993. A Plain Dealer review of decades of census data, recent vital statistics, property records, deeds and business records shows the severity of the damage done to the neighborhoods when jobs, businesses and social programs left.
  • No Checks or Balances

    The Asbury Part Press reports that "Amid mergers and closings, the banking world is in turmoil. As the smoke clears, one fact emerges--N.J. banks are closing more branches in predominantly minority areas, even those with strong economies. A four-day Press series looks at the politics of branch placement and the impact on the communities left behind."
  • Welfare in America: A Report From the Streets

    U.S. News & World Report investigates the state of welfare in the nation, and concludes that although some form of welfare reform is necessary, it may be much more difficult than anticipated
  • Violence Against Women; Danger lurks in small-town America

    Newhouse reporters Joe Hallinan and Elizabeth Marchak compiled a special report on violence against women in small to medium sized towns. Their computerized study shows that women are most likely to be raped or killed in areas like Rapid City, SD, Jackson, MI, and Pine Bluff, AK, than in New York, Los Angeles or Washington, DC. This well researched package is accompanied by informative graphics conveying the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for women, murder victims by race, safest places for women and rates of female homicide and rape. Marchak's close-up for the Cleveland Plain Dealer on violence against women in Columbus, OH, also accompanies this package.