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June 22, 2020 | View as webpage
Dear EfficientGov Subscriber,

There's no denying that this edition of our member newsletter is a jam-packed one. As coronavirus cases continue to rise, many are starting to wonder if lockdowns could return in the near future. Experts, however, just don't see this as a political reality. Don Sweeney explains why.

We're also highlighting this week the myriad challenges facing schools as they attempt to safely reopen this fall. Michael Kirby shares some important takeaways from a recent hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee.

And as communities continue to debate police reform strategies, law professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson explains why these conversations should also consider the high-tech surveillance permeating today's criminal justice system. "Technology cannot address the deeper issues of race, power and privacy that lie at the heart of modern-day policing," he writes.

And last but certainly not least, we're pleased to share with you one of the key strategies San Antonio, Texas, uses as they work toward racial equity in their community.


The EfficientGov Team
 
TOP STORIES
Lockdowns aren’t coming back as coronavirus cases rise, experts say; here’s why
Even if mayors and governors muster the political will to impose new stay-at-home orders, would anyone listen?
Colorado governor signs police accountability bill, ending qualified immunity defense in the state
'This is extreme': Black leaders get racist, threatening letters during protests
Anti-mask activists target public health officials — at their homes
Many families uncomfortable with returning to school this fall, survey finds
California schools fear losing millions from lawsuits over masks, infections
Niagara University to provide virus-blocking pillows in dorms
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FEATURED CONTENT
Pandemic compounds known challenges facing students
By Michael Kirby 
There are profound challenges awaiting teachers and students when classes resume in the fall
The arts and culture sector is struggling; the City of Phoenix, independent organizations and patrons take initiative
By Kenny Sokan 
Arts and cultural organizations have experienced nearly $7 billion in losses due to the pandemic, which does not bode well for the future health and safety of communities
Researchers: High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach
Police reform efforts are increasingly looking at law enforcement organizations’ use of surveillance technologies
Law Enforcement Interaction With Mentally Ill Persons
Law enforcement agencies across the nation describe their incidents, interactions and challenges when responding to people in crisis.
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OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Moral budgeting: How San Antonio, Texas, advances equity through strategic spending
For San Antonio Equity Manager Jonathan Butler, a budget is a "moral document," allowing cities to strategically improve outcomes
Behind virus and protests: A chronic US economic racial gap
Despite big pledges and high hopes, economic progress has come slowly, if at all, for Black America
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