Charles Koch Institute Applauds Freedom of Information ‘Accountability Engine,’ Cites Immigration Data as Proof of Importance

As part of years of work requesting and organizing the findings of millions of public records requests, scholars at Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases. News reports today reveal that these wait times are roughly twice as long as two decades ago. While these findings may help inform discussions around immigration policy, they also demonstrate the power of open government efforts. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger released the following statement:

For data-driven solutions to our country’s most pressing challenges, you first need … well, data. Many don’t consider FOIA a glamorous topic, which makes the rigorous work done by Syracuse’s TRAC and other open government scholars all the more important. Tools like Syracuse’s ‘accountability engine’ give journalists, researchers, and citizens greater insight into the workings of government and empower individuals to more easily engage on the issues they care about.

The Charles Koch Foundation’s support of Syracuse’s initiative is one of many grants expanding work that explores the role of government transparency in an open society. These include educational opportunities, legal scholarship, and new and innovative programs.

10-09-2020 02:06pm

Charles Koch Institute announces micro-award winners

The Charles Koch Institute (CKI) is proud to announce the recipients of a total of $5,000 in micro awards for the “Re-imagining the Social Safety Net as an Innovation Commons” incubator, funded by CKI.

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10-06-2020 10:41am

Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation Commit More Than $2 Million to Discover New Tools for Violence Prevention and Social Healing in American Communities

The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation will collectively provide more than $2 million in grants that will enable several organizations to advance their respective goals to prevent political violence and promote social healing in American communities.

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09-09-2020 04:30pm

TEL Education brings high-quality, personalized learning to more students

TEL Education, a nonprofit organization specializing in online courses for high school students, aims to fulfill families’ desires for new educational models while ensuring all students have access to those options at an affordable price.

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