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Entries by Jessica Prois from 04/2011

Nationwide Pink Slip Purgatory Puts Teachers' Lives On Hold

Posted 04.01.2011 | Education

This year was not the first in which Monica Iñiguez, a 4th grade teacher at Noble Avenue Elementary, in Los Angeles, received a pink slip. But it is...

The Dreams That Make-A-Wish, KidsWish Won't Grant

Posted 04.02.2011 | Impact

Celebrity chef Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa," finally agreed this week to meet with Enzo Pereda, a 6-year-old leukemia patient whom she'd twice ...

Can Blogging Get Students To Love Writing?

Posted 04.02.2011 | Education

"I don't like to write." That's the refrain teachers have heard for a generation when they ask students why they're struggling to complete a short, th...

Democrats: Minn. Education Bill Targets Poor, Minority, Special Needs Kids

Posted 04.02.2011 | Education

In a state with one of the largest achievement gaps, Democrats say Minnesota's education funding bill ostensibly takes aim at programs for disadvantag...

AARP Tax-Exempt Status Questioned By Republicans

Posted 04.04.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — AARP lobbied for the new health care law and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers charged Wednesday as they called for the...

In World of Education Apps, Tech Owes Teachers Some Media Literacy

| Posted 04.04.2011 | Education

We're overrun with talk of media literacy for students, but it seems educational app companies have a developing responsibility to provide media literacy for teachers to see the full potential in this software.

Salvation Army Sues Bank For Risky Lehman Brothers, AIG Investments

Posted 04.04.2011 | Impact

The southern division of the Salvation Army filed suit against the Bank of New York Mellon on Friday for almost $22 million, contending that the bank ...

Skype In The Classroom Connects Students, Teachers Worldwide (VIDEO)

Posted 04.05.2011 | Education

For teachers looking to broaden students' horizons, Skype in the Classroom is the modern-day version of the pen pal. The free platform, out of beta ...

Calif. Lawmakers Debate Requiring LGBT Studies In School

Posted 04.05.2011 | Education

Just as textbooks devote chapters to the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony, Democratic lawmakers want school curricula t...

Teacher Layoffs Deter Students From Education Field

Posted 04.05.2011 | Education

New teacher churn has long been a problem, with almost half of all educators walking out the classroom door after five years. But amid news of increas...

Manning, Brees, Others Receive $1 Million From NFL For Charities

Posted 04.06.2011 | Impact

Despite news of the NFL lockout, it's business as usual for the league's charitable giving. NFL Charities has given $1 million in grants to the char...

Japan Earthquake: Why Red Cross Still Hasn't Doled Out Donations To Quake Victims

Posted 04.07.2011 | Impact

The Japanese government has admitted it was slow to respond to the the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Now, almost a month after the disaster,...

General Motors Foundation, United Way Give Detroit Schools $27 Million

Posted 04.07.2011 | Impact

As the Detroit Public Schools system continues its attempt to erase a $327 million budget deficit, financial assistance couldn't come at a better time...

Diane Latiker Of 'Kids Off The Block' Mentors South Side Chicago Kids (VIDEO)

Posted 04.08.2011 | Impact

Amid rampant gang violence in a Chicago South Side neighborhood, a grandmother has an open door policy. Roseland resident Diane Latiker, 54, started ...

Auburn School District Decides All Kindergartners Need iPad 2 (VIDEO)

Posted 04.09.2011 | Education

A Maine school system may be adding the iPad 2 to its list of mandatory kindergarten classroom items, with the district footing the bill. The Aubur...

Anna Greenys, Arbor Park Middle School Student, Makes Bed Mats For Homeless Vets

Posted 04.11.2011 | Impact

Anna Greenys is on a mission to help homeless veterans by creating handmade plastic bed mats, and she's enlisted an army of local students to help. G...

Wisc., Mich. And Other Teachers Hold 'Grade-Ins' At Malls To Demonstrate Workload

Posted 04.11.2011 | Education

Amid nationwide criticism of their profession, teachers are staging "grade-ins" at local malls to demonstrate what educators do in their time off. T...

Monarch School, Children First Academy And Other Schools For Homeless Kids See Enrollment Hike

Posted 04.11.2011 | Education

When Sarita Fuentes thinks of homelessness, she doesn't conjure the stereotypical image of a disheveled older man pushing a shopping cart through an u...

Homeless Women Veterans Need More Clinical Resources, Open Ears

Posted 04.12.2011 | Impact

Paulina Hicks has always done things systematically. She went to college for civil engineering, enlisted in the military out of veritable love of her ...

Vineland School District In N.J. Lifts LGBT Website Filter

Posted 04.12.2011 | Education

After New Jersey students and staff complained to the American Civil Liberties Union that LGBT sites were being blocked at school, the district remove...

Military Families: 5 Ways You Can Help

Posted 04.12.2011 | Impact

Much more than April showers, it's a perfect storm of giving. With National Volunteer Week in full swing, we here at HuffPost are honoring Military Fa...

Tim Devereaux, 9, To Send Marshmallow Peep Soaring At 90,000 Feet For Charity (VIDEO)

Posted 04.13.2011 | Education

We've made such strides as sending robots to space and even Tweeting from the International Space Station. Now, an Arizona student will send a Peep --...

Minnesota Sen. Scott Newman: Cut Off Grants For Nonprofits

Posted 04.13.2011 | Impact

As nonprofits everywhere face cuts in funding and declines in donations, Minnesota nonprofits could lose their main wellspring of money. Republican...

'Food Not Bombs' Willingly Breaks Law To Cook For Orlando Homeless

Posted 04.14.2011 | Impact

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Orlando officials are permitted to restrict organizations from giving food to the homeless. But one group s...

Nonprofit Jobs: Hiring Not As Diverse As We Think, Study Says

Posted 04.14.2011 | Impact

Is anyone surprised by the finding of a new report from Commongood Careers and the Level Playing Institute that concludes nonprofits are perceived as ...