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The Reluctant Troublemaker (Part 2)


Jill Tao

And so, after months of negotiations, a decision was made in September 2009 to begin furloughs for teachers in October. The outcry started when the calendar…

Reorganization Rears Its Pretty Head: President Obama’s Surprise Proposal

Reorganization Rears Its Pretty Head: President Obama’s Surprise Proposal


Mordecai Lee

Out of the blue, during his State of the Union Address in late January, President Obama said he will propose a major reorganization of the federal…

A Washington State Initiative: Veterans’ Service to Country, Service to Community

A Washington State Initiative: Veterans’ Service to Country, Service to Community


Mary Van Verst, Debbie Schuffenhauer

As a part of its mission to engage all Americans in service, and as directed by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America…

Integrating Citizens into Local Governing How Much Democracy Can You Take?


David Swindell

Many years ago, I attended a neighborhood association meeting in a large Midwestern city. It was a long meeting, as many of these can be. There…

Fiscally Constrained Cities Protect Public Services with Volunteers


Civic Engagement the Key to Success in Community Building, Urban Revitalization and Our Future


Schnequa N. Diggs, Alexandru V. Roman

Historically, during times of economic adversity, American communities have relied on social connections. As far back as 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville in…

The Reluctant Troublemaker


Jill Tao

So, given the somewhat pitiful portrait I imagined for academics called into the limelight to belabor points of policy, imagine my surprise when I was drawn…

Now’s the Time to Look at University Development

“Once upon a time” is the usual way a story might begin, but in the case of university development at public colleges and universities, the story might begin with “About…

Testing Integrity in Online Courses: Big Brother Has Arrived

While Internet-based education has obviously, and by necessity, been dominated by technological concerns the medium has, more importantly, been viewed with skepticism for perceived weaknesses in ensuring course integrity, particularly…

Responding to the Fiscal Crisis: Reflections from China


Allan Rosenbaum

This past November, in the aftermath of the U.S. midterm elections, during which time the American people appeared to express a great deal of frustration with…

A Boost to AmeriCorps: Success of Stimulus in Washington State

A Boost to AmeriCorps: Success of Stimulus in Washington State


Mary Van Verst, Debbie Schuffenhauer

Using service as a strategy to support those affected by the nation’s economic crunch isn’t exactly a revolutionary concept. In 1933, America was…