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When a Few Bucks Can Get Students to the Finish Line

Kalif Robinson is a star at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He’s a straight-A senior, majoring in economics and minoring in Arabic. In the fall he’ll start a two-year Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship, studying foreign affairs in Washington, training to be a diplomat. morenext

From The New York Times, March 14, 2017

New report spotlights plight of Birmingham’s single mothers

As much as 90 percent of single mothers earning $30,000 or less in the Birmingham metro area may be working two jobs to meet their financial obligations. And almost 40 percent of their take-home pay goes for childcare. More than half of those mothers say they have lost a job or a promotion because of time taken off due to childcare needs. morenext

From AL.com, February 23, 2017

John D. Marshall: An Unwavering Advocate for Racial Equity in Schools

Unapologetic. Anyone who listens to John D. Marshall, the chief equity officer for the Jefferson County, Ky., school district, will eventually hear that word as he advocates for students of color, those who are homeless, and the disadvantaged in the 101,000-student district. morenext

From Education Week, February 22, 2017

Why the United States still needs paid family and medical leave

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) yesterday reintroduced their bill to establish a federal paid family and medical leave program—the FAMILY Act. First introduced in 2013, the bill would give mothers and fathers 12 weeks of job-protected leave at 66 percent wage replacement—funded by a 0.4 percent increase in the payroll tax, split evenly between employers and employees. morenext

From The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, February 08, 2017

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State 2Gen Leaders Come Together in Minnesota

State 2Gen Leaders Come Together in Minnesota

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New Census Bureau Poverty Data

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