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Congress Addresses Flight Delays But Leaves Other Sequestration Problems Unsolved

Sharon Parrott | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Responding to highly publicized flight delays from the "sequestration" budget cuts, the House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to allow the Transp...

The Sequester: A Policy Triumph

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The sequester, of course, isn't ideal. There are almost certainly better ways to cut. Some cuts that haven't had any short-term consequences may do harm eventually. But, messy as it is, the sequester seems to be working.

President Obama's Budget: Finally Good News (Mostly) for Kids

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal contains a lot of good news for children and families on the rough edges of America's struggling economy, putting real teeth behind his recent calls for creating ladders of opportunity and helping to level the playing field for millions of Americans wrestling with poverty.

Joy Resmovits

No Preschool For You, Some States May Say | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's "Preschool for All" initiative in his 2014 2014 budget proposal is billed as a way to make sure every American child can atte...

A Matter of Basic Fairness and Opportunity

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Bruce Lesley

A 21st century education system must be built on the solid foundation provided by high-quality early childhood education for every child.

Sam Stein

Head Start Families Left With No Good Options Due To Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ripple effects of sequestration are taking hold. And among the first and most affected are hundreds of lower-income parents forced t...

The Long Depression

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Long Depression isn't hitting us all at once. It's taking pieces out of us over the course of years. That's allowed people to define previously unacceptable economic conditions as "The New Normal."

Your Budget Represents Your Values

Mike Lux | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The president has been spending the last year and a half talking about how he wants to fight for the middle class, and his budget should reflect those values. This is why it is so deeply troubling that Obama is strongly considering putting a Social Security cut into his budget document.

The President's Preschool Proposal: What It Is and What It Isn't

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Putting a bunch more kids in Head Start is not what's being proposed here. The main proposal is a partnership with states to ensure that all four-year-old kids from moderate and low-income families have access to quality preschool.

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator Claims Constituents Are 'Glad' About Sequestration; Constituents Disagree | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he heads home for recess over the next two weeks, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) says he's not worried about facing blowback from his co...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Guts Program For Low-Income Children | Sam Stein | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing budget cuts caused by sequestration, a Head Start program near Fayetteville, Ark., has decided to take the dramatic step of closi...

March 1st Has Come and Gone - Now What?

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

Wwhile much of the pain may not be immediate, the sequester will soon take a horrible toll on all of us. To me it's just another reminder that the rich get richer while the rest of us just get screwed.

America's Middle Class Promise Starts Early

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in America's future. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, not cut back. Doing right by our youngest children is essential to America's middle-class promise. We look forward to working together to make it happen.

Children and Schools Will Pay the Price for Sequestration

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our children -- the future nurses, educators, astronauts, presidents and CEOs who will heal, educate and lead our country -- are counting on Congress to act. And to act now.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

Sequestration: Devastating to Kids

Billy Shore | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Billy Shore

On Friday, if sequestration -- the term used for the pending across-the-board cuts to many federal programs -- goes into effect, the impact on low-income children will be devastating.

Sequestration's Damaging Effects on Nonprofits and Needy Families

Erwin de Leon | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Erwin de Leon

Should sequestration be allowed to take effect, human service nonprofits would lose billions of dollars in government funding and might have to make difficult choices, such as laying off much-needed staff, or worse, ending programs and serving far fewer clients.

Katy Hall

How Many Teachers Could Your State Lose To Sequestration? | Katy Hall | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

Sequestration could cost thousands of teachers their jobs, according to a grim report the White House released Sunday. That's just one possible impact...

GOP ­Coddles the Rich, Cuts the Rest

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There will be no end to tax loopholes for the rich, House Speaker John Boehner has asserted. The Republican ruling: The vast middle class, the elderly and the poor must suffer.

Just Say No: Sequestration Hurts Families

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Congress must come to its senses before the country suffers a completely self-inflicted grievous wound that weakens our economy and imposes gratuitous hardship on the least fortunate.

State of the Union Unites Generations

Donna M. Butts | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

Wherever our children live now or in the future, they must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to their families and the economy. That means the nation, as a whole, must invest now in education and training.

Joy Resmovits

Can Obama Deliver On His Big Preschool Promise? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

Just one day after President Barack Obama unveiled hisbig promise to America's smallest children, both advocates and allies are raising major question...

Why the Head Start Headlines Are Wrong

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

If you take a bath on Friday, and get dirty on Saturday, this means the bath was ineffective. The preceding, clearly flawed, logic sums up the misguided hysteria over a recent HHS report showing that the positive effects of Head Start fade out by third grade.

Joy Resmovits

The Road Forward: White House Assessing Major Preschool Plan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama's education secretary, has a slogan that summarizes his tenure and the view of his mission that he shares with his...

The Next Self-Made Crisis

Mike Lux | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

President Obama knows he can't afford to blink, and progressives should back him 100 percent: no negotiation whatsoever on the debt ceiling.