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Real Cost Project: Barriers to Change

"Real Cost Project: Barriers to Change“ is a new report issued by the Real Cost Project, finds that there are deeply ingrained practices, beliefs and perceptions in the philanthropic community that are preventing the adoption real cost funding practices.
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Addressing California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage: An Analysis of Sources and Solutions

After many years of teacher layoffs in California, school districts around the state are hiring again. With the influx of new K–12 funding, districts are looking to lower student-teacher ratios and reinstate classes and programs that were reduced or eliminated during the Great Recession. However, mounting evidence indicates that teacher supply has not kept pace with the increased demand. This report examines indicators of current shortages, discusses their impact on students, analyzes factors that influence teacher supply and demand in California and nationally, and recommends policies to...
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Beyond the Dollars: The Long-term Value of Giving Days for Community Foundations

While giving days have raised millions of dollars for local causes across the country, a new Knight Foundation report examines their impact on the community foundations that organize them. Giving days, the report found, help community foundations raise their profile, gain digital skills and become information hubs for their communities.
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CalFresh Reduces Hunger in Every County in California, but Changes at the Federal Level Could Cut Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — known as CalFresh in California — is the cornerstone of the federal government’s effort to reduce hunger and help struggling families put food on the table. Check out this fact sheet from the California Budget & Policy Center, that illustrates how food assistance varies in California.
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What do California Counties Stand to Lose under ACA Repeal?

California saw large increases in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 3.7 million adults enrolled in the Medi-Cal expansion. 1.2 million Californians enrolled in subsidized insurance through Covered California, with average annual premium subsidies of $3,700. Check out UC Berkeley Center Labor's fact sheet on what is at risk for California counties if the ACA is repealed.
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Five Million Californians Could Lose Coverage Under ACA Repeal: Data by Congressional District

Over five million Californians rely on the resources provided by the Affordable Care Act, either to get their coverage through the Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion, or to get financial assistance to afford and buy a private health plan through Covered California. Check out Health Access California's fact sheet on the millions of Californians who can lose coverage, organized by congressional district.
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Creating Change through Arts, Culture and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer

Across the nation, artistic and cultural practices are helping to define the sustainability of urban, rural, and suburban neighborhoods. In the design of parks and open spaces; the building of public transit, housing, and supermarkets; in plans for addressing needs for community health and healing trauma; communities are embracing arts and culture strategies to help create equitable communities of opportunity where everyone can participate, prosper, and achieve their full potential. And artists are seeing themselves — and being seen by others — as integral community members whose talents,...

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