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Understanding Ranked-Choice Voting

Understanding Ranked-Choice Voting

by Robin Roenker Recently, voters in New York City used ranked-choice voting (RCV) to select the winner of the Democratic primary race for mayor. While New York may be the largest U.S. city to have adopted this form of voting, it’s not alone. According to FairVote, a...

Balancing Remote Learning and Student Privacy

Balancing Remote Learning and Student Privacy

by Maria Wood In 2020, when schools across the country were forced to abruptly disband in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts, administrators and teachers scrambled to find technological solutions that would allow for online learning from...

Juvenile Sentencing at the U.S. Supreme Court

Juvenile Sentencing at the U.S. Supreme Court

by Michael Barbella For decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has treated the issue of sentencing juveniles differently than the sentencing of convicted adults. Since 2005, the Court has decided five prominent cases dealing with juvenile defendants in the criminal justice...

Combatting “Fake News” with Media Literacy

Combatting “Fake News” with Media Literacy

by Jodi L. Miller In this era of “fake news,” the likelihood of coming across misinformation and disinformation while searching the Internet is high. Whether it’s a news story, a photo or a video, it’s hard to determine what’s true and what’s not. That is why many in...

Blowing the Whistle on Criminal Activity

Blowing the Whistle on Criminal Activity

by Maria Wood Throughout history, many crimes have been uncovered, not by law enforcement, but by ordinary citizens with a sense of civic responsibility. These citizens are sometimes called whistleblowers. A whistleblower is someone within a private organization or...

When Whistleblowing Leads to Moviemaking

When Whistleblowing Leads to Moviemaking

There have been countless whistleblowers throughout U.S. history. In most of these cases the public will probably never know their names, or if they do will soon forget them. Most whistleblowers don’t make headlines let alone have their stories made into films. Here...