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Elisabeth Mason is the CEO of Single Stop USA, a nonprofit that uses existing resources and infrastructure to restart the engine of American mobility. A lawyer by training, Elisabeth has worked on Wall Street, served as a children's rights advocate in Africa and Latin America, and spent a decade in some of the nation's leading philanthropies. She still believes that there are good answers, if we ask the right questions. But she has yet to work in Washington, D.C.

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College for All: Democratic Safeguard, Economic Necessity

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:56 PM

There was a time when you couldn't go to high school for free in the U.S. If you wanted education beyond the eighth grade, you'd have to find a school and pay for it. After all, what was the point of free, universal high school if most kids ended up...

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Top 5 Things on Students' Back-to-School List

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Think of a back-to-school shopping supply list. Does it look something like this?

  • Binders
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebooks

Pretty simple. Just go to your local Staples, CVS or Target; or simpler still, hop online and click to order from a company like Amazon.

Unfortunately, the school needs of millions of low-income...

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College Enrollment: Thick Envelope v. Thick Wallet

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:51 PM

It used to be the difference between a thick envelope and a thin envelope.

That was how you could tell if you were college-bound. Thick envelopes meant it was time to celebrate and created that moment of clarity, when it seemed as though all your dreams were within reach.


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Rawls in the Real World

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:34 PM

It turns out John Rawls was right.

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

Recent figures on poverty...

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Coming Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 6:25 PM

Veterans Day. It's our chance to thank the men and women who wore our country's uniform for their service and sacrifice. As Joe Biden said during the recent presidential campaign, our society collectively bears a "sacred obligation" to care for the people who put everything on the line for us.

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It Ain't Rocket Science

(15) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong.

Obituaries mention that the first man on the moon once said: "I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."

Chalk that self-description up to modesty. The ex-astronaut had previously flown 78 fighter missions in the Korean War and...

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From Safety Net To Springboard

(12) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 7:38 PM

Millions of Americans have cycled through a series of "miracle" diets (I'm one of them). Most promise quick but lasting results. And often one diet's sacred premise is another's sacrilege.

After a while you may (like me) conclude that the radical weight loss solution is... exercise more and eat...

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