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Where is the Commitment to Kids in Mississippi?

Where is the Commitment to Kids in Mississippi?

It is time out for bait-and-switch tactics at the Mississippi state Capitol when it comes to our children. A vote for tax cuts of any kind is one against public education and children in this cash-strapped state and Mississippi’s legislators know it. Don’t be fooled: The intentions of Mississippi’s political leadership are clear. They do [...]
Protect Education in Arkansas, Residents Tell Lawmakers  Arkansas residents took time on Tuesday to engage in direct democracy with state leaders on a topic that is universally seen as a pillar to community strength – quality education for kids of all ages and backgrounds. Their overall message was straightforward to the elected officials who write legislation: Support public schools, help kids [...]
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College Students Need Loan Protection, Obama ProclaimsATLANTA (AP) — Issuing a clarion call to Americans saddled by student debt, President Barack Obama urged student borrowers Tuesday to stand up for their rights, and announced a medley of modest steps to bring some order to a notoriously chaotic system. Obama unveiled his “student aid bill of rights” before a gymnasium packed with [...]
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Student Loan Collection Agencies Broke Rules, U.S. Says  If you’ve ever screened your calls to avoid a collector inquiring about your student loan, you’re not alone. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) estimates that more than 7 million Americans are in default on their student loans.  Late last month, the federal government gave the boot to a few rule-breaking collections agencies. The [...]
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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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Black Girls Face Higher Suspension Rate Than White GirlsAdults often give kids a simple advice for success: “Stay in school.” But research shows that if you’re Black and female, that’s a lot harder to do.  According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, Black girls are suspended an average of six times more often than White girls, while Black [...]
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Too Small to FailLong bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund [...]
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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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DREAMers Special Scholarship Round Deadline is 3/17  TheDream.US – a national scholarship fund for undocumented college students – is accepting applications through March 17 for academic support of up to $25,000 from individuals in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the country, the organization announced.  This application round is a special one based on where [...]
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A Path Forward for Little Rock Schools? It’s EngagementI hate it. I hate that the Arkansas Board of Education on Jan. 28 took control of the Little Rock School District (LRSD). I hate that the board ignored the broad-based community support for LRSD, including the incredibly-powerful voices of student leaders. I hate that the takeover will overshadow the great schools, educators and programs [...]
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