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Entries by Erica Liepmann from 04/2011

Alye Pollack's Anti-Bullying Video: Conn. Eighth Grader's Message Strikes A Chord

Posted 04.01.2011 | Education

For eighth-grade Connecticut student Alye Pollack, daily life at Bedford Middle School involves being tormented and called names by her classmates. T...

United Way To Rally 1 Million Volunteers To Help American Schools

Posted 04.01.2011 | Education

American schools need help. Unfortunately, that's no April Fools' joke. On April 1, United Way launched a campaign to rally 1 million volunteers to g...

Cause Marketing Fail: People Donate Less After Buying Products That Give Portions To Charity

Posted 04.03.2011 | Impact

Fund raisers have long worried about a possible downside to corporate-charity marketing deals--that people who buy a special brand of yogurt or comput...

'Metro Atlanta Task Force' Homeless Shelter Provides An Art Studio For The Homeless

Posted 04.03.2011 | Impact

At one Atlanta homeless shelter, canvases, paint and brushes are among the most important resources available. Inspired by the artistic interests of ...

10 Education Budget Cuts That Really Sting

Posted 04.03.2011 | Education

As the economic crisis continues, states and school districts are playing a cruel game of "pick your poison." To close budget gaps, administrators are...

White House Launches Campaign To Help Schools Prevent Sexual Harassment

Posted 04.04.2011 | College

DURHAM, N.H. -- A nation that prides itself on fighting the abuse of power has an obligation to prevent sexual violence in schools and on college camp...

Arizona Tax Break For Donations To Religious Schools Continues, Supreme Court Rule

Posted 04.04.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- A Supreme Court divided along ideological lines said Monday that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge government programs that use tax br...

Friar Al Mascia Turns Bicycle Into Mobile Help Center For Homeless

Posted 04.04.2011 | Impact

On most days, Brother Al Mascia pedals his bicycle cart through downtown Detroit handing out much-needed food to homeless people. Mascia, 56, is lean...

Brackets With Benefits: Citizen Effect Rallies Charity Effort Around NCAA Game

Posted 04.04.2011 | Impact

When most sports fans fill out their brackets, eager to compete with friends to guess the games' winners, promoting philanthropy isn't usually the fir...

Public Schools Recruit Tuition-Paying International Students To Boost Revenue

Posted 04.04.2011 | Education

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Northern Maine is 7,000 miles and a world away from China, but that's not stopping a school superintendent from recruiting ...

More School Nurses To Disappear With Education Budget Cuts

Posted 04.05.2011 | Education

Are American children facing an unsafe environment at school without adequate health services? This is the question raised in a recent article from P...

A Mother-Daughter Donation: How Sharing a Kidney Saved Our Family

| Posted 04.05.2011 | Impact

"Hi, Mommy. It's me. I've got some good news! I just got a call from Ellen, the committee has cleared me as a [kidney] donor for you. I'm really excit...

Education Budget Cuts: Schools Face Fiscal Cliff As Stimulus Money Runs Out

Posted 04.06.2011 | Education

-- As lawmakers around the country debate their states' budgets, they're staring over the edge of a massive fiscal cliff – the point where abou...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Outlines Teacher Evaluation Plan, Calls Union 'Bullies And Thugs'

Posted 04.07.2011 | Education

NEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called for public school teachers to be evaluated based equally on their classroom perform...

NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Quits After 3 Months On Job

Posted 04.07.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- The city's embattled schools chancellor resigned Thursday after three contentious months on the job, the latest in a series of third-term ...

Nonprofits Would Be Hit Hard If Government Shuts Down

Posted 04.08.2011 | Impact

If the federal government shuts down, 134 children could be locked out of the Head Start program in the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown. And it wil...

Idaho Gov. 'Butch' Otter Signs Final Piece Of Anti-Union Education Reform

Posted 04.09.2011 | Education

By Laura Zuckerman Idaho's governor on Friday signed into law the final piece of a controversial Republican overhaul of education in the state, as t...

Obama Surprises Altona Middle School Students During White House Tour

Posted 04.11.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama surprised a group of eighth graders from a Colorado middle school on Monday, just days after they feared a g...

Doug Forbis, College Student Without Legs, Will Teach Adapted P.E. Classes

Posted 04.12.2011 | Education

There are certain teachers whose influence can affect students for the rest of their lives, whose names are never forgotten. Doug Forbis hopes to beco...

Judge Rules 'I Heart Boobies' Bracelets Are OK For Students To Wear

Posted 04.12.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- Breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I (heart) boobies!" are not lewd or vulgar and can't be banned by public school off...

Should Chocolate Milk Be Banned At School Lunch?

Posted 04.13.2011 | Education

The nation's smallest citizens are not immune to the growing obesity epidemic, leading political leaders, health experts and educators alike wondering...

Finland's Education Approach: Less Testing, Supporting Teachers

Posted 04.14.2011 | Education

Spring may be just around the corner in this poor part of Helsinki known as the Deep East, but the ground is still mostly snow-covered and the air has...

Defining Economic Security For American Families

Posted 04.14.2011 | Impact

What does it take to have economic stability in America? That was the question posed by the organization Wider Opportunities for Women, which recentl...

New NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Makes Waffles For Students

Posted 04.15.2011 | Education

Freshly-appointed Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has already made good on at least one promise - to make waffles for the kids of Park Slope's PS 10...

Carletta Temple, Inspired By Brother's Death, Founds 'Face To Face' Group To Help Other Victims' Families

Posted 04.17.2011 | Impact

When her twin brother was shot and killed, in what remains an unsolved crime, Carletta Temple was devastated. Realizing that other members of her com...