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Oakland's superintendent doesn't just want to close schools. He wants to radically alter how the school district and the city educate kids.

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This story provides families with a set of tips about how to find a high-quality nursing home for their loved one.

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This story distills a national analysis of nursing home data and finds that Illinois is the worst state in the country for black seniors seeking nursing home. Illinois has the highest number of poorly rated majority black facilities in the country and just one black nursing home that received an excellent rating from Nursing Home Compare.

We looked at black and white homes where a high percentage of resident care was paid for by Medicaid and found that the disparities between the two groups actually increased, rather than shrunk as some owners with whom we had spoken predicted.

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Rene Durazzo is vice president of health care communications for The Sheridan Group. Previously, he was vice president of global programs for the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, an affiliate of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. As Pangaea's program director, Durazzo was responsible for overall program development, implementation, evaluation and partnership development. Durazzo began working on HIV in 1987 when he joined the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF).

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Martin Martinez is policy director for the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an Oakland-based organization working to improve access to health care and eliminate health disparities by advocating for public policies and resources to address the health needs of communities of color. Martinez has served on the statewide Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists, the Office of the Patient Advocate's Cultural and Linguistic Services Workgroup, and other committees.

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