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Food Stamp Use at NYC Greenmarkets Doubled Last Year

Over the past couple of years, New York's City Council has spent $1.3 billion equipping farmers' markets with machines that can process food...

Over the past couple of years, New York's City Council has spent $1.3 million equipping farmers' markets with machines that can process food stamps. New data seems to show that investment paying off, as today's New York Daily News reports:

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Teach For America Focuses on Closing the Hispanic Achievement Gap

Hispanic children are three times as likely to live in a low-income community, and thus attend a lower-performing school. Find out how you can help.


President Obama just signed an executive order on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, so it’s timely that Teach For America is hosting Latinos and Education: A Discussion on the Pursuit of Excellence on Monday, November 8, in Los Angeles. The event features policy gurus like Juan Sepúlveda, the director of the White House initiative as well as celebs like actor Wilmer Valderrama.

Amanda Fernandez, Teach For America's Vice President for Diversity and Inclusiveness says forty percent of the children their teachers reach are Hispanic. The nonprofit's also looking to further engage everyday people in the work of closing the Hispanic achievement gap. We caught up with Amanda to talk about why educating the Hispanic community is so critical, what people can do to get involved, and about Teach For America's commitment to increasing Hispanic diversity in their teaching corps.

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Why Early Childhood Education Matters

States are grappling with whether to eliminate preschool, as education dollars shrink. Do we fund early childhood education now, or pay more later?

As education dollars shrink, states are grappling with whether to eliminate preschool. Do we fund early childhood education now, or pay more later?

As school bells rang for the first time this fall, thousands of preschoolers were left on the sidelines because state funding cuts forced their classrooms to close. And the sad fact is that most of these young children left behind by budget cuts will never catch up to their classmates.

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