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How a Property Tax Freeze and Change to School Funding Could Break the Springfield Stalemate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A few weeks back, three Democratic senators talked to reporters in Springfield about a concept that would both freeze property taxes in Illinois for a few years and sunset the state's school funding formula in a few years.

A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for the White House to Unlock

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

This fall, the Administration is developing new ideas for the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan -- an international commitment to transparency and openness -- and making federally funded educational resources open to the public should be on the list.

This Poet Taught Creative Writing To Prisoners And Learned An Incredible Lesson

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices

Clint Smith has spent the last year teaching six incarcerated men in Massachusetts. Every Saturday for the past school year, Smith, a Louisiana nativ...

9 College Courses That Will Have You Geeking Out And Rethinking Your Major

Posted 08.04.2015 | Technology

Colleges across the country are getting creative with their curriculum. Each year, universities are inspiring new generations of students to debate th...

Emotions on the Big Screen

Giovanni Frazzetto | Posted 08.03.2015 | Entertainment
Giovanni Frazzetto

Clearly I had no reason to feel uneasy about watching Inside Out as an adult on my own. It is bound to inspire curiosity among children and adults alike about the science of emotions and the importance of feelings.

The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

I'm getting ready to teach religion and sexuality in the fall. Is it "relevant"? Does it have "practical" value? Is it a "stepping stone" to adult professional life? To help answer these urgent questions, I present my top five reasons to study religion.

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, a Wind Power Sheet, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Forests: the cheape...

Has America Given up on Arts Education?

Marc Joseph | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Marc Joseph

Arts education matters. People exposed to the arts play a significant role in the continued innovation of the U.S. The arts are an essential part of our heritage and vital in what makes us human. Our lives, and our children's lives, would truly be empty without the arts.

Helping Prisoners Build a Better Life: DOE Launches Pilot for Second Chance Pell Grants

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

The Second Chance Pell Pilot program, which continues the ongoing efforts of the Obama Administration to reform prison policies and reduce recidivism, will test new models allowing incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to support post-secondary education.

Want to Reform Education? Let Teachers Teach.

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real education reform will come when, and only when, we address poverty, fund schools properly and honor the teaching profession with good pay and the respect teachers deserve. America's teachers will do the rest - if we leave them alone to love and teach their children.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Think Honestly and Critically About Reading and the Written Word

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Donates $4.7 Million To Benefit Young Men Of Color

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the country, is donating $4.7 million to two coalitions in Mississippi a...

The Most Important Issue Missing From America's Sex-Ed Courses

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

In an age when young people remain divided over what really constitutes consent, one in four college women will report a rape or a...

Second Career Success Story: This Man Deeply Influenced Steve Jobs On Innovation

Karthik Rajan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

Among Steve Job's top 10 favorite books, there is only one business book on innovation. It is by Clayton Christensen. All this happened for Clayton in his 40's/50's! Here is his story.

Why Right Brain Thinkers Will Rule the World

Amber Kane | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Amber Kane

When I first sat down at the loom, after a few years away, I was excited to create, but didn't trust my own voice or vision, I felt like I had to follow a pattern, and a put a check after each step on the very long list of weaving directions.

From New Jersey to Nepal: How Maggie Doyne Has Changed the World

Hilal Isler | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Hilal Isler

When Maggie Doyne graduated from high school, she took what she thought would be a gap year; time to travel and explore before starting college. With a backpack, and no particular plans, she left her New Jersey suburb, and headed east.

The Gifts That I Received on His Holiness's 80th Birthday

Nainoa Thompson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Hawaii
Nainoa Thompson

Being invited to speak with His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in itself a humbling experience. His Holiness is truly a Great Navigator of Island Earth, an inspiration for us all as we aim to lead our communities towards a better future.

Have I Lost My Mind -- Or Only My Car Keys? Technology's Effect on Memory

Ossa Fisher | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Ossa Fisher

Whoever invented the key fob for cars did not design it for women with more than one purse. I feel like I am playing a constant game of hide-and-seek with my keys.

How Are You Upgrading Your World?

Lori Forte Harnick | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Lori Forte Harnick

Sung Thi Kim is part of a vast network of people in local communities working hard to fulfill the mission of Save the Children, which delivers aid to 166 million children around the world in more than 120 countries, providing health, education, protection, disaster relief and much more.

My Shame As a Teenage Sped

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Max Baumbach

Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.

In Praise of Teachers

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

You know that doctor who saved your life? She had a first grade teacher, who encouraged her and shaped her to glean her gifts and use them with appropriate and balanced judgment. Years later, she had a teacher who observed her making incisions and providing emergency care to save lives-yep, yours.

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, ...

SKIMM YOUR CANDIDATE: Former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Democrat

theSkimm | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

My greatest strength is my passionate commitment to helping people -- and I feel so strongly that I had a lot of opportunities and that there are people, particularly women, who are just as talented and hardworking, but who haven't had the same chances that I had.

A Random Act of Kindness: Two Dollars Can Change My Life

Owen Griffith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Owen Griffith

The challenge or experiment this week for all of us is to find a good deed to do and not to get caught or tell anyone, and see if we feel that sunshine grow inside us. Then, repeat the challenge often. If I can do this myself, those two dollars will be the best investment someone has ever made.