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A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

News & Civics | May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

The United States implements the strictest felon voting laws in the world. As of 2010, the government denied 5.8 million Americans the right to vote due to criminal activity. Explore KQED’s The Lowdown’s interactive map that shows felon voting laws in each state, along with a percentage of the population in each state that has been impacted.

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

News & Civics | May 9, 2014 | 20 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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Unlimited Donations Means More Corruption

News & Civics | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unlimited Donations Means More Corruption

Do you think money plays a large role in politics? Last week, students discussed how much an individual could donate to political campaigns in our #DoNowCampaign post. We asked students, Is money a corrupting influence on politics, or merely an expression of free speech? Should there be limits on how much individuals and organizations can give to political candidates? Who will benefit the most or be hurt from new rules that do not limit how much money a person can give to candidates?

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A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

News & Civics | May 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

Living in California may cost you more than you anticipated. Currently, the minimum wage in California is $8, but research shows a California resident needs to make $11/hour to pay for basic living expenses. Explore these interactive infographs created by KQED’s The Lowdown, with the help of Amy K. Glasmeier, an urban planning professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that show estimated monthly costs of basic expenses and the annual income needed to afford these expenses in different households.

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An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

News & Civics | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

Is it time for a raise in America? The hotly debated question of whether or not the federal government should raise the minimum wage has reached Congress once again. In the meantime, many states and cities have taken the issue into their own hands by setting their own minimum wage.

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Improving Factory Conditions Is Worth the Price

News & Civics | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Improving Factory Conditions Is Worth the Price

Students around the country last week discussed about what needs to be done to improve working conditions in our #DoNowFashion post. We asked students Who should be responsible for the manufacturing of clothing in unregulated and unsafe factories? Would you pay more for clothes if they were manufactured in better conditions? Look at the label of a garment that you recently purchased and find out the brand and where it was made. Take a picture and tweet it with the info.

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We Need to Find Flight 370 To Give Families Closure

News & Civics | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need to Find Flight 370 To Give Families Closure

Last week, students across the nation discussed the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in our #DoNow370 post. We asked students, Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?

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Women Have the Right to Choose

News & Civics | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Women Have the Right to Choose

Last week, students across the nation tackled one of the most controversial topics in America: abortion. In our #DoNowAbortion post, we asked students Should the government (federal or state) be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion? If so, why? If not, should there be at least some restrictions on abortion procedures? Why or why not?

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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

News & Civics | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?

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A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

News & Civics | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

California is home to a number of reservoirs and dams that provide water and power to surrounding cities and farms. However, as 2013 proved to be one of the driest years, the sources of water are not as plentiful as they have been in past years. KQED’s The Lowdown takes a closer look at how the drought impacted the level of water in reservoirs.

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