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New Moms Can Lean In Too: Take Your Infant to Work

March 12, 2013
The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side to foster creativity, innovation, and effectiveness -- despite its stature as an Internet path breaker. Emotions ran high , fueled by a passion for working flexibility many Silicon Valley workers feel. Parents, in particular, prize...
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Assessing Sheryl Sandberg’s "Lean In"

March 12, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg's well-researched new book, Lean In, focuses on helping women who aspire to careers identify and overcome negative societal messages they have internalized over the years – old scripts that undermine women’s self-confidence and hold them back from achieving their full potential on the job. It's not every day that a high-achieving woman proclaims herself a feminist, so I have been surprised by the amount of venom heaped on Sandberg’s book. Some commentators complain that Sandberg places too little emphasis on the institutional barriers and prejudices that stand in the way of...
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Working Women Blues

February 27, 2013
This story originally appeared in the Carolyn Edgar blog . There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about women in the workplace. From Anne-Marie Slaughter’s complaining about not “having it all,” to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg exhorting women to “lean in” to their careers (translation: suck it up) and not let little things like babies disrupt their rise to the top, to Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer boasting about her two-week maternity leave and cancelling the company’s telecommuting policy — op-ed pages and Facebook news feeds are full of people, mostly women, debating who has it right,...
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Sequestration Affects Kids and Moms

February 27, 2013
By now you've heard that federal budget cuts will take effect on Friday. And you've heard the strange-sounding name for these cuts: sequestration. Sequestration means across-the-board spending cuts, and this sequester was written into law in August 2011 as a kind of terrible incentive for lawmakers to pass a long-term deficit reduction plan. No one thought the cuts would actually take effect, but now – it is near certain – they will, and the fallout will reach all of us. For instance. Fewer law enforcement officials in your neighborhood, reduced efforts to keep drinking water safe, longer...
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Who's Ready for Affordable, High Quality Child Care?

February 25, 2013
We Are! A few weeks ago, all U.S. children under the age of five grew to amazing heights. Ok, so babies didn't physically grow to ten feet tall (thank goodness, think of the diapers!), but all young children were raised up to the national stage when President Obama announced his plan for preschool and high quality child care for infants and toddlers. The high cost of child care ( which now costs more than college costs in many states ) is something that has historically been discussed only around kitchen tables, never by a President at a press conference. *Sign on to our open letter to...
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Following the Evidence: Early Education For All Kids

February 18, 2013
“Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime … studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works.” --President Barack Obama State of the Union, February 12, 2013 As I arrived in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night, I was filled with...
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Early Childhood Education IS important (for ALL!)

February 1, 2013
As a parent of a 21 month old, I have found myself thinking about childcare and school options a lot lately. Earlier this week, as I watched the inauguration of Barack Obama with my son, I thought about how great it would be if early childhood education was something that the administration could focus on for the term. This is a topic that is not new to the national conversation. In my research I found a NYTimes piece dating back to 1989 (?!?!) discussing a citing childcare as an area of concern, and discussing a report issues by a delegation that went to France to explore child care in that...
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No Teachers With Guns, No Police in Schools

January 12, 2013
On December 30, 2012, President Obama said he doubted arming school police with guns will prevent future school shootings , but then January 11, 2013's EdWeek hints that he may yield to local law enforcement officers and communities if it has "bipartisan" support. While President Barack Obama said recently that he would be skeptical that more guns would be an answer to school safety , his administration is considering paying to add police officers to secure public schools, in part because it may be an area of agreement among lawmakers of all stripes. SIGN THE K12NN PETITION TO DROP THIS VERY...
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There’s Still Time to Keep Kids From Falling off the Cliff

December 30, 2012
With New Year’s fast approaching, the “fiscal cliff” puts billions of dollars of critical investments for children at risk. If policy makers do nothing, millions of children could be pushed into poverty with the expiration of improvements to the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Families with an income of less than $50,000 could see their taxes go up by $1000 from just the changes to these and other tax credits. Sequestration, automatic across the board cuts to most areas of the government, will cut investments to kids by $6.4 billion in 2013 alone. Here are some of the real...
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Nickelodeon: Stop Advertising Junk Food to our Children

December 19, 2012
Pssst…your child’s favorite cartoons on Nickelodeon aren’t as cute and innocent as they look. In fact, they’re quite guilty of teaching your child to want junk food and to pester you for these unhealthy products. They’re making your child believe that junk foods are “kids’ food” and that’s what they’re supposed to be eating. Quite simply, your efforts to raise a healthy child are being undermined by corporate interests. With one in three children overweight or obese, kids’ entertainment companies should not be exploiting the love that children have for their characters nor parents’ trust that...
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