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Pandemic Protest

Pandemic Debate: Civil Liberties vs. Individual Liberties

The American Civil Liberties Union stepped into the nation's masking debate in K-12 schools on the side of parents of students with disabilities. They won the first round in the U.S. Southern District Court of Iowa. Mask mandates are permitted again.

September 20, 2021 - Des Moines Register

Back to School September 2020

Biden Administration Targets Five States that Ban School Mask Mandates

President Biden asked his education secretary to see what could be done about states that prohibit school districts from enacting CDC public health recommendations. Miguel Cardona responded by empowering his Office of Civil Rights to investigate.

September 7, 2021 - The New York Times

Back to School September 2020

Reopening Schools: CDC Reduces Social Distancing Requirement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now supports three-foot distancing in elementary school classrooms provided there is universal masking. For middle and high schools, it depends on the level of coronavirus transmission in the community.

March 29, 2021 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Porter Ranch

Study: Kids Do Worse in Schools Near Traffic

Moving to a school with higher levels of traffic pollution could impact students' academic performance, according to new research.

February 10, 2019 - CityLab

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Students Protest Subway Construction

Students from Beverly Hills staged a high-visibility "walkout" to protest L.A. Metro's extension of the Purple Line subway past Beverly Hills High School.

October 14, 2018 - The Los Angeles Times

Eviction

An App to Fight the Eviction Crisis

In "America's Eviction Badlands," universities are developing web apps to help tenants stay in their homes.

August 28, 2018 - CityLab

Sound Transit Link Light Rail

Seattle Mayor Wants to Provide Free Transit for All High School Students

Here's one way to make a kid-friendly city and introduce the joys of public transit at a young age: offer free multi-agency transit passes to high school students.

February 21, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Austin Bus

When Parking Is Cheap, Students Don't Take the Bus

Students and faculty at Austin Community College are less inclined to make use of their discounted transit passes. But, why?

August 2, 2017 - Austin Monitor

Baltimore Students Have to Adjust to Newly Limited Access to Buses

A local politician resorted to holding a bake sale to help fund free bus service for students.

February 6, 2017 - The Baltimore Sun

Teaching Students the Power of GIS

Ninth graders in Soldotna, Alaska, were introduced to geographic information systems (GIS) by a team of volunteers who spent two days illustrating how GIS technology is used in analyzing complex systems.

October 17, 2015 - Peninsula Clarion

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.