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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...

What A Dash of Community Service Can Do

September 7, 2010
We are much too involved in our own heads. There is a whole world out there waiting to be explored and by sitting in our homes and reliving the day’s drama over dinner and bad prime time tv, we aren’t experiencing what the world has to offer. Community service can help us move on and our community move forward.
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Who is Paying for Your Child's School Supplies?

August 31, 2010
I got used to pulling out my wallet for my school kids. The same shopping trip for the shot glasses, my own little boy asked if he could have something-or-another. I remember telling him, “Sweetie, we can’t afford that.”
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42 Things to Get Your Kid Ready for School

August 23, 2010
Is there something else a parent can do to prepare the kids for a successful year?
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The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males: We All Should Pay Attention

August 22, 2010
Forty-seven percent of Black American males graduate from high school in the U.S. In other words, the majority of black boys are not graduating from high school in the United States of America. The 47% takes all states into account, from Maine, with a 98% graduation rate, to New York, with just 25...
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