Parents Want Sex Education in Schools

Posted October 31st, 2012 by

Last week I was watching the popular TV show The Middle, and parents Mike and Frankie Heck were struggling to remember if they’d ever spoken to their kids about sex.  “That’s what schools are for,” Frankie, the mom joked. Yikes!  The good news is, unlike in the show, 90 percent of parents have talked to [...]

The federal budget: A high-stakes love story

Posted October 23rd, 2012 by

In 2011, I taught two summer courses, directed a federal budget research organization and paid taxes. Taxes are the dues I pay for living in a democracy. Like you, I contribute at the local, state, and federal levels. I want us to fall a little bit in love with the federal budget and there’s no [...]

Let’s Talk!

Posted October 11th, 2012 by

There are some universal truths about being a parent, and one of them is that when we try to talk with our teenagers, it can feel like we’re speaking in different languages.  This is especially true when we’re talking to them about sex. Recently, Planned Parenthood, Family Circle magazine, and the Center for Latino Adolescent [...]

Posted Under: H: Health Care

The Presidential Debate You Won’t Hear

Posted October 3rd, 2012 by

The U.S. education system is what made this country prosperous in the twentieth century — but no longer. Perhaps no issue is more urgent than this, yet for all the talk of teacher’s unions and testing, real education programs, ideas that will matter, are nonexistent this election season. Flickr/ Joe Shlabotnik During the last century, the [...]

Posted Under: Elections, Voting

U.S. Educational Outcomes Improved Despite Our Economic Woes

Posted September 26th, 2012 by

Headlines about the “crisis in education” might lead you to believe otherwise but most educational outcomes in the United States have improved over the last decade. High school graduation rates and national math and reading scores for students of all races and incomes are higher than ever. More kids stay in school and go to [...]

Posted Under: E: Excellent Childcare

County Fact Sheets Highlight Health of Children of Color

Posted September 25th, 2012 by

We have long known that communities with higher rates of poverty and unsafe school conditions face sizeable barriers to leading healthy, successful lives. To provide data that illustrates the intersection between our surroundings and our health, we developed a new series of fact sheets, Spotlight on Children’s Health. We analyzed data from the nine California [...]

#RADIO – On Location at the Democratic National Convention

Posted September 18th, 2012 by

We have a very special show for you.  We were at the Democratic National Convention and met amazing and inspiring leaders from across the nation.  We recorded some great interviews with spectacular guests for you to listen to at your leisure. Enjoy! **You can hear the whole show now by clicking here to get the [...]

Posted Under: Radio

School’s Out for Teachers

Posted September 7th, 2012 by

By Abby Lane, Fellow, National Women’s Law Center We’re back this Friday with your monthly update on the BLS jobs numbers. Other things are back too – cooler temps are back, Monday night football is back, and kids are back to school – but one thing that isn’t back are teachers. Local education lost jobs [...]

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The National Women’s Law Center’s Labor Day Index

Posted September 5th, 2012 by

This blog was cross-posted from Womenstake, the National Women’s Law Center’s blog. In honor of Labor Day, here’s a snapshot of how working women are faring in today’s economy, by the numbers. Percentage of college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees who are women: 57. Percentage of students earning master’s degrees who are women: 60. Years of [...]

Memoirs of a Wimpy Kid: Why Buying Books For Our Kids Matters. A Lot.

Posted August 27th, 2012 by

“So how do I make my little boy as clever as you are?” The question came out of nowhere. We were teenage waitresses in a Wimpy hamburger joint in a working-class town in England, taking our  break squeezed together in a little red naugahyde booth, chowing down on the greasy burgers the management allowed as [...]

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