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Bankrolling Change in Massachusetts Schools: A Pathway to LGBTQ+ Inclusion


Blue states like Massachusetts are particularly well-positioned to lead the charge in applying innovative and intensive strategies to protect, support, and nurture queer and marginalized youth.

Education, Training and Labor

Too Many Cooks in One Kitchen? The Question of US State Regulation over the Crypto Market


With the US Congress unable to pass crypto legislation, state regulators have been taking over the field. As a result, there are discrepancies and differences among US states, negatively impacting consumers and companies. Within a global crypto market, multiple states regulating in the absence of singular, Congressional action is hurting both consumers and businesses.

Business and Regulation

An Effective Public Private Partnership Solution for Addressing Sanitation in Slums: The Suvidha Centers in India


One model to provide sanitation in India’s slums is Suvidha (‘convenience’ in Hindi) centers: modern and large community water and sanitation complexes. The centers provide an important service to the community, provide employment, build capacity among workers and are financially sustainable.

Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity

Making a Case for the Right to Preschool


High-quality early childhood education has life-long academic, developmental, and social impacts, but access to early childhood education differs substantially for children from different backgrounds. This disparity poses a complex issue: do children have a right to publicly funded preschool?

Education, Training and Labor

Early Childhood Education Potential Is Still Highly Untapped


Awareness about the importance of the early years is increasingly known worldwide, but effective system-level implementation is lacking. In order to ensure access to quality early childhood education for the most vulnerable children, effective structures, evidence, and political buy-in are essential.

Social Policy

Interview with Daniel Dennett: AI, Free Will, and the Future of Humankind


HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Chacier Alexander held a joint interview with Symbiotic CEO Riccardo Di Molfetta and cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett on his perspectives on the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human values, and whether AI consciousness or free will would be functionally different from their biological counterparts. 

Science, Technology and Data