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Trump, State Leaders Differ On School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 11.21.2016 | Education
Jack Jennings

The 2016 elections are now behind us, but what remains is a divided country. Some people are very happy feeling that their voices finally were heard. ...

A Child Actress Dressed As A Poor And Rich Girl. Here’s How Strangers Reacted

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact

A 6-year-old child actress who dressed up as an abandoned impoverished girl was treated so poorly when she hit the streets that the social experiment ...

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 5: Time to Keep the American Promise

Frank Islam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

We believe the country and its citizens are better than that and the appropriate solution is to do all we can to help these poor kids in crisis by embracing DOE's regulation. In our opinion, that should only be the starting point, however.

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 4: Kids in Crisis.

Frank Islam | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

[This is the fourth in a series of five blogs that we will post on grit and what it means for poor kids.] In the first blog, we introduced the concep...

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 2: Building Grit - Early Childhood and Beyond.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

This is the second in a series of five blogs that we will post on grit and what it means for poor kids.

Helping Poor Kids Get Grit. Part 1: The Importance of Grit.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.23.2016 | Education
Frank Islam

Regardless of whether it's "key" or "essential", the question becomes how does one get grit? Who and what helps to build the "passion" and "perseverance" necessary for success? These questions are important for any one at any age.

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

The 5 Best Things About Raising Kids Poor

Jessica Rising | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Jessica Rising

Poor parents aren't bad parents, and we aren't always miserable either. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I want to remain poor for the rest of my life. Like the vast majority of people, I want the best life for my children. But I'm a little tired of seeing only the bad side of being poor.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

If we compare Black child well-being in America to child well-being in other nations, the U.S. Black infant mortality rate exceeds that in 65 nations including Cuba, Malaysia, and Ukraine. Our incidence of low-birth weight Black infants is higher than in 127 other nations.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

No ESEA Bill Is Better Than One That Fails to Protect the Poorest Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For fifty years Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) has been the primary source of federal funding targeted to schools to serve poor children. Sadly, from the beginning states didn't keep their end of the bargain.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

Kids lose their future to poverty

Marc Joseph | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Now that one school year is over and we are preparing for the next, June is a month of reflection for educators and parents on how to do better next school year.

"News"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mona R. Washington

"News" Cast: Typhoon Haiyan, Western Television News Anchor, Philippine People, Young Philippine Children, and, Even Younger Philippine Children Se...

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

Why Johnny (and Jenny) Can't Read

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

This national crisis needs to be addressed. But how? We hold to the false belief that mastery of the alphabet (Really? Just knowing the names of those 26 squiggles?!?) and a singular focus on vocabulary will reverse Johnny's plight. Yet the research says it isn't so.

There's Right Wing Extremism, and Then There's Just Being Cruel

Sean Soendker Nicholson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Sean Soendker Nicholson

Instead of focusing on ways to improve the local economy and help lift thousands of his constituents out of poverty, Steve Cookson is focused on mean-spirited ideas that punish poor kids for being poor.

Black, Poor Children Twice As Likely To Do This Than White Peers: Study

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Black children and teens in the United States are almost twice as likely as their white peers to consume more than 500 calories a...

Controversial New Child Care Attendance System Examined In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi parents will have to scan their fingerprints every time the...