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Chicago Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Elected School Board

Chicago Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Elected School Board

  Chicago, the country’s third-largest school district, is one of just a handful of U.S. cities with an appointed school board. Members of the Chicago Board of Education are appointed by the mayor.  But on Feb. 24, Chicago residents overwhelmingly voted for an elected school board. It was an advisory vote, which included 37 of [...]
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Immigrants to Meet Obama at Wednesday Town Hall  So what will President Barack Obama do now that his immigration reform efforts have been put on hold by a federal judge in Texas?  What will he – or can he – say to the millions of immigrant families in the U.S. who contribute to cities and want relief from deportations, as well as [...]
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Lawsuits: Millions Owed to Immigrant Taxpayers in N.M.The key question regarding two lawsuits filed on behalf of immigrant taxpayers in New Mexico recently is whether workers who have paid what is required of them are owed millions of dollars because state officials have inappropriately withheld refunds.  The lawsuits say the cases involve thousands of immigrant taxpayers and that they’re owed more than [...]
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A New Focus for Immigration: Still Prepare for ReformNews of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to temporarily stop President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms surfaced, at least on a large scale, late on Monday evening. By Tuesday, immigrant families and grassroots advocates were making sure their voices had entered, yet again, the national debate on efforts to reform a system that people acknowledge is [...]
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Prison Played No Role in U.S. Crime Drop, Researchers Say  Crime has declined, big-time. The violent crime rate in America is about half of what it was at its height in 1991. Property crime is down by 43 percent.  Everyone agrees that when crime goes down, it’s a good thing. But why crime has declined has been the subject of much debate. By reviewing [...]
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Tennessee Students Call for ‘Tuition Equity’ at College  For thousands of immigrant students in Tennessee, the question this legislative session is this: Will their state be the next to grant “Tuition Equity” so that a barrier to college education will crumble? If state lawmakers agree, an estimated 25,000 young people will be able to pay lower tuition to earn their degrees, according [...]
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Texas ‘Overuses’ Solitary Confinement, Legal Groups Say  Solitary confinement exacts a high price on the mental health of Texas prisoners and costs the state’s taxpayers big bucks, according to a new report by the Texas Civil Rights Project and ACLU of Texas.  The Texas prison system uses solitary confinement, which is when prisoners are isolated from all other humans almost around [...]
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