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The New York Post Op-Ed: Why we’re giving $50M to charter schools to help kids catch up after the pandemic

April 18, 2022

To build on the city’s efforts and increase access to summer classes, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Kenneth C. Griffin, Stan Druckenmiller, the Carson Family Charitable Trust, Robin Hood, Gray Foundation and Walentas Foundation are committing $50 million to help charter schools create or expand summer-school programs this year. Through the initiative, called Summer Boost NYC, all the city’s elementary and middle charter schools can apply for funding to create and run high-quality programs.

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Government Innovation

The Jerusalem Post Op-Ed: Michael Bloomberg to launch program to help mayors lead through crisis

April 4, 2022

The Bloomberg-Sagol Center is just the latest example of a strong and growing collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies and our partners here in Israel. In recent years, we have created Innovation Teams to advance mayors’ top priorities, starting in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva. The Israeli government took note of their success and through the Hazira innovation program, they worked with us to help spread the idea to a dozen more cities.

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Education

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Op-ed: Michael Bloomberg and Michael Lomax: A $10 million initiative with HBCUs will spur charter schools

March 29, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund a new $10 million initiative at UNCF that will build on its work with HBCUs and their schools of education to help start new public charter schools, and recruit substantially more Black teachers and principals to work in them. This work could involve incubating new public charter schools on HBCU campuses, helping alumni to start new charters and supporting community-led efforts to open and expand charters.

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Government Innovation

The Associated Press: Bloomberg funds city programs to build new urban solutions

January 18, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the innovative solutions of 15 cities to try to get others to use them as blueprints to battle the world’s urban problems.

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Education

The Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Backing Charter Schools

December 1, 2021

American public education is broken. Since the pandemic began, students have experienced severe learning loss because schools remained closed in 2020—and even in 2021 when vaccinations were available to teachers and it was clear schools could reopen safely. Many schools also failed to administer remote learning adequately.

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Public Health

The Hill Op-ed: A fresh approach to fighting America’s opioids epidemic

November 10, 2021

Even as vaccination rates slowly climb, another deadly health crisis has been getting worse: The overdose epidemic. Last year, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses: 93,000. That’s 254 people a day, or more than 10 every hour. Three-quarters of them died from opioids, often by unknowingly using drugs laced with fentanyl.

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Public Health

The Associated Press: Bloomberg pledges $120 million to curb drug overdose deaths

November 10, 2021

Michael Bloomberg will spend $120 million in an effort to reduce the soaring numbers of deaths from drug overdoses, he announced today at a healthcare summit he organized. The pledge more than doubles the $50-million philanthropic commitment he made toward the same goal in 2018.

Bloomberg’s pledge follows a preliminary finding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 93,000 people had died from drug overdoses in 2020, the majority of them from using opioids.

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Education

The 74 Million: Fueled by Grants, States Bet Innovative Career Training Programs Will Lure Disengaged Youth Back to School After COVID — Starting in Middle School

November 9, 2021

Could student-run vertical farms — hyper-efficient, clean facilities where produce grows up on racks, instead of out across fields — help stabilize small cities in northwest Tennessee?

Could apprenticeships with local chefs keep disaffected Delaware teens in high school and reopen the state’s restaurants, the source of one-tenth of its jobs?

What if a paycheck earned during high school, and the promise of a better one after attaining a credential in a field where good jobs are going begging, motivates a young person who left school during COVID-19 to come back?

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Environment

Yahoo! Op-ed: The most ambitious climate action plan ever attempted, according to Michael Bloomberg

November 1, 2021

As heads of state gather in Glasgow, Scotland for a climate summit, much of the news will focus on nations setting carbon-reduction goals for decades down the road — long after those making the promises will be out of office.

Setting ambitious long-term goals is good, but not good enough. Because more important than any promise countries make about 2050 is what they do between now and 2030. And what’s most important is what they do over the next few years about the biggest problem of all: coal.

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Public Health

El Tiempo Op-ed: A second decade to fight a silent pandemic

October 28, 2021

As the world has been battling the deadly COVID-19 virus, another pandemic has continued to leave its own trail of devastation: road crashes. Although we know what the policies and practices are to prevent them, neither governments nor society have done enough to deal with this problem definitively.

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