Tune In to Help Reduce Childhood Poverty

Over 46 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in poverty. In California, this affects more than one in five children.

Over 46 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in poverty. In California, this affects more than one in five children. And if you include children who live just above the poverty line, nearly half of the children in the state either live in poverty or perilously close to it. Childhood poverty is a crisis affecting millions in California.

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Healthy Schools and Students Start With STEM

I couldn’t help but get chills when I watched this video inspiring students to pursue science, technology, education and math (STEM) education courses where a student so poignantly says, “You don't really know something until you've done it hands on."

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I was educated from elementary school through high school through both Magnet and Vanguard programs in Houston Independent School District’s school system. After listening to This American Life’s recent podcast on housing, and how our access to a good education is in large part, if not all part determined by the neighborhoods in which we live, I reflected on how lucky I was to have two parents working for the school district who navigated opportunities for me beyond what I would have gotten at my zoned school.

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Can Celebrities Help High School Dropouts?

A Dream School that pairs celebrities with high school dropouts. Can wrong turns be avoided?

Here is an alarming statistic: 82% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. Now, just imagine Suze Orman, Swizz Beatz, David Arquette, and Soledad O’Brien teaching some of those students—before they got to prison. Could this make a difference?

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What If Schools Graded on Character?

Working on character development in childhood can mean the difference between adult success and failure.

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This won't be the first time you’ve heard that our conventional wisdom around child development and education needs a makeover. It might, however, be the first time you’ve considered the idea of a "character report card" being rolled out in schools.



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Six Questions About Obamacare Answered

As a late 20-something, I could very possibly be a member of the "young invincibles," a label used to describe people between 18 and 34 who do not have health insurance because they think they're, well… invincible (not to mention broke).

As a late 20-something, I could very possibly be a member of the "young invincibles," a label used to describe people between 18 and 34 who do not have health insurance because they think they're, well… invincible (not to mention broke). 



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