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Childcare & Early Education

Chicago Sit-in for an Elementary School Library

October 12, 2010
Sometimes it's easy to forget that I live in a world of relative privilege. No, I'm not a millionaire or getting ready to jet off to any exotic location for the holidays (though I did see some interesting "wildlife" in South Beach while attending a recent conference !). In my suburban neighborhood...
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Share Your Story on 10.10.10 - One Day on Earth

October 6, 2010
Imagine what it’s like when musicians from disparate countries, playing diverse instruments, dedicated to different genres come together on one stage, having never met each other before. Initially the collaboration produces dissonance, but among skilled practitioners dedicated to their craft,...
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Here's our chance to make school lunches awesome (not awful)

September 28, 2010
We’ve been talking about about the sad state of school lunches for years. But now we finally have a chance to start making school lunches more nutritious and more accessible. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is an update of the Child Nutrition Act. Now, to...
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To The Contrary, John Boland: Women's Shows Shouldn't Be Canceled

September 27, 2010
There's a party in my car every morning on the way to pre-school and childcare. We turn up "Dancing Queen," boogie under our seatbelts and make up words as we go along. It's the easiest way to get my two little ones excited about climbing into their carseats. After the drop offs, I say goodbye to...
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Racial Disparity in School Suspensions

September 16, 2010
Because the achievement gap is a theme I am passionate about and often pops up at my blog, MotherTalkers , I thought I would highlight a quick story on the racial disparity in school suspensions. From the New York Times : "In many of the nation’s middle schools, black boys were nearly three times...
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Tax Plan Hurts Single Mothers and Working Families Most

September 15, 2010
I've said it before but it bears repeating - working ourselves out from under the rubble of this recession won't happen if we attempt to step on the more vulnerable members of society in the process. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to do just that with his tax bill, introduced...

Speaking in Tongues: A Film. A Challenge.

September 15, 2010
With all the talk of “Restoring Honor” and taking back our country, I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes in America that feel so threatening to some. We are living through revolutions in just about every sphere of life. Some revolutions can be terrific. Like the American Revolution. Or the...
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One More Unsafe School Siting

September 15, 2010
A new school year, a new article on our country’s lack of safe school siting policies. More evidence that a tidal wave of debate over why building schools on top of contamination land is a bad idea has washed over our country. In fact, that’s exactly what The New York Times article entitled, “...
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Rethinking Work, Family and Men

September 13, 2010
A grandfather who worked for a large retailer was ordered to work mandatory overtime. He refused: he had to get home to care for his grandchild so his son, who had custody, could get to work. Father and son worked different shifts so each could care for the child while the other was at work. The...
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New Latino Voter Poll Shows Early Learning is a Winning Issue

September 9, 2010
I am tired of political candidates who want to win the “Latino vote” without actually investing any time or energy into addressing the concerns of the Latino community. As a mixed race woman, I’m concerned about any candidate who sees the needs of California and the needs of California’s Latino...

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