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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, April 2019

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in April 2019.

How Maximum Security Inmates Took on Cambridge in a Debate About Nuclear Weapons — And Won
The Washington Post, April 20, 2019
How did a team of incarcerated students win a debate about nuclear weapons against a storied debate team from the University of Cambridge? This article goes deep behind that win, which was made possible by the Bard Prison Initiative, an inmate educational program supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

California Lags Behind Other States in Quality and Access to State-Funded Preschool
EdSource, April 17, 2019
California ranks 14thin access to preschool for 4-year-olds, behind Oklahoma, Vermont, and Florida, among others. The data comes from the 2018 State of Preschool Yearbook, which is published annually by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. NIEER is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

How Generation Citizen Uses Action Civics to Empower Students, Grow Lifelong Citizens and Combat Inequality
LA School Report, April 16, 2019
Generation Citizen helps schools adopt civics education that “empowers students to find a problem in their community and work together to solve it.” The organization is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

The Old Comprehensive Immigration Reform Model Is Dead. And, That’s a Good Thing.
Medium, April 11, 2019
“If we’re serious about securing justice for families and about creating an immigration system that works for the country, it cannot happen under a model in which immigration policies are framed around criminalization, punishment, and exclusion,” writes Marielena Hincapie, head of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). NILC is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Here It Is, the First-Ever Image of a Black Hole
Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2019
Andrea Ghez, an astrophysicist at UCLA who has been studying supermassive black holes for two decades, comments on the first-ever image of a black hole, discovered by the Event Horizon Telescope team at Harvard University. Dr. Ghez’s work is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

Reporters Committee Seeks Mueller Report Grand Jury Material
Variety, April 1, 2019
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) has filed a legal brief to obtain an order that would release the grand jury material in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. RCFP is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.