Category Archives: Stateline

Virtual Learning Means Unequal Learning

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. “The achievement gap is going to get worse.” Karen Reyes, who teaches deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Austin, Texas, worries about her first-grade pupils who will be learning online this fall. She’s concerned that virtual learning is harder for younger, special needs children, especially those who may […]
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Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods 

State Library Ed. Note:  Story very briefly mentions highway expansion projects in Portland. The interstate highway system flattened homes and businesses in Black communities. As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst […]
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The Pandemic Has Closed Public Restrooms, and Many Have Nowhere to Go

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. Sales of urine funnels and external catheters are soaring. When courier Brent Williams makes his daily deliveries around the city here, he runs into one persistent problem: There’s almost nowhere to use the restroom. Most public buildings are closed under the pandemic, and restaurants and coffee shops […]
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Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. “We’re due for reckoning in our rural hospital policy.” As the COVID-19 pandemic battered large, metropolitan areas this spring, rural hospitals prepared to be next on the frontlines. But in order to ready their facilities for a potential surge in patients, those small hospitals had to forgo […]
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Pandemic Threatens Black Middle-Class Gains 

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. The number of Black-owned small businesses dropped 41% between February and April. The Black middle class has made strides in recent years toward economic parity with whites in 34 states, a new Stateline analysis has found. But the pandemic threatens that progress, as Black professionals and businessowners lose their […]
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Contact Tracing Hampered by Testing Delays, Unanswered Phone Calls — and Lack of Trust

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. Nearly half of people called by contact tracers don’t answer the phone. Contact tracing may be the last, best hope short of a vaccine to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the time-tested method of containing infectious diseases has been hobbled by testing […]
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Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States, Cities Say Yes

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. State budget shortfalls could total $555 billion over the next two fiscal years. Nashville City Councilman Bob Mendes tried unsuccessfully for two years to get his booming city to raise property taxes to address its growing municipal needs. Then came COVID-19. The City Council last […]
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How Your Local Election Clerk Is Fighting Global Disinformation

Russians don’t have to change votes. They can change minds. Jim Irizarry has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of false and misleading information about voting access coursing through social media lately. The assistant county clerk for San Mateo County, California, and his team have been training for this moment for years, since the […]
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COVID-19 Testing Falls Short in Long-Term Care Facilities

Read Stateline coverage of the latest state action on coronavirus. Only seven states require regular testing of residents or staff. Residents and staff at long-term care facilities make up nearly 45% of U.S. coronavirus-related deaths. And yet testing—widely considered to be the most important element of stopping the spread of the virus — falls far short of what experts […]
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State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Legislators are inspired by viral videos and personal experience. Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways, rather than at front doors. And […]
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