Gates's Gigantic Growth? Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's funding patterns over on Alexander Russo's blog. "The decade from 2000 to 2010 was a time of enormous growth and evolution for the Gates Foundation," Reckhow writes. "Warren Buffett's pledge of more than $30 billion substantially increased the Gates Foundation's resources, and grant-making more than doubled from 2005 to 2009. Even more marked are the Foundation's dramatically shifted priorities." Over the years, Gates has shifted its money from directly funding schools to instead subsidizing research, advocacy and activism.
On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.
A group of students at the University of Alabama is planning a memorial event in June to honor Nicholas Katzenbach who died on May 8th at age 90.
It is clear to see that Republican Sen. Scott Beason will do whatever it takes to eradicate illegal immigration from Alabama.
The Department of Labor will vigorously protect the right of all workers in Alabama to have their federal right to a legal wage protected.
No child in this country can be denied a public education. This is settled law, but not for Alabama legislators, who passed an anti-immigrant law with a provision requiring elementary and secondary schools to determine students' and parents' citizenship status.
That community finds itself in dire straits in Alabama under its new law HB 56, which, even after a court ruling temporarily blocking some provisions from being enforced, continues to wreak havoc among families made up of immigrants, legal residents and citizens, and continues to affect the economy and the image Alabama is projecting to the country and the world.
As a country founded by immigrants, we should be defending core American values -- education and the prevention of racial profiling and discrimination. Legislative extremism only perpetuates the notion that all undocumented immigrants pose a threat to this country.
The single-sex movement in public schools has been growing fast, but there is little to no evidence that single-sex classrooms improve academic achievement.
Alabama's new anti-immigration law includes provisions that serve no purpose other than to intimidate undocumented immigrants and discourage them from...
H.B. 56, which goes into effect on Sept. 1, justifies the requirement in order to keep track of just how much money the state is spending to educate the children of undocumented immigrants.
The plight of litigants who face a biased judge is illustrated by the track record of one prominent Alabama federal judge, as well by major recent decisions requiring new trials in West Virginia and Georgia courts.