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How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, making the need for healthier eating habits an important matter. This past week, students were asked, “How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?” Check out their responses.

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Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

News & Civics | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Should Voters Be Required to Show ID at the Polls? Students Weigh In

Today, there is a lot of controversy on whether one should be required to show ID at voting booths. But why? Many feel the ID requirement is put in place to prevent minorities and financially indebted U.S. citizens from voting at the polls.

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Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

News & Civics | November 19, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it’s far from just California’s problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation’s agriculture.

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Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

News & Civics | November 18, 2014

Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards? That was so 2013. But now that the Republicans have won control of the Senate, the issue may soon resurface, with a stronger possibility of a bill making it through both chambers of Congress.

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On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

News & Civics | November 17, 2014

On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

Despite ongoing conservative opposition to the raising the federal minimum wage, recent initiatives in individual states, both blue and red, have had overwhelmingly success. Check out this interactive explainer to learn more.

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PBS LearningMedia Quick Picks for Veteran’s Day

News & Civics | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

PBS LearningMedia Quick Picks for Veteran’s Day

With this short list of resources compiled from a long list of related video clips, lesson plans and images from PBS LearningMedia explore the experiences of veterans. The Way We Get By: Historical Perspectives: Coming Home From War Grades 6-12 | Multiple Resources | Social Studies/English Language Arts Students conduct an investigation that compares and contrasts […]

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The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

News & Civics | November 10, 2014

The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

In case you weren’t paying attention, this was a big week for the Republican Party. On Election Day, the nation swung decidedly to the right. Here’s a map that illustrates voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, shown as a percentage of each state’s voting-age population.

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The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

News & Civics | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

This past week, students were asked why it is important for young people to vote; what issues would influence their vote the most, and how can the youth influence the outcome of an election? Check out their responses

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The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

News & Civics | October 30, 2014

The State of Voting Rights in America: A 3-Part Comic Series

The upcoming midterms marks the first major nationwide election since the Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 2013 decision had an immediate impact, giving a handful of primarily southern states the green light to change their voting rules without first getting approval from the federal government.

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Inside the Voting Booth: Six Election Day Animations

News & Civics | October 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Inside the Voting Booth: Six Election Day Animations

Election day was Tuesday. Take this opportunity to explore the election process with your students using popular PBS LearningMedia elections animations and interactives. From understanding various tactics of a political campaign to exploring how citizens decide who and what to vote for in an election, step inside the voting booth with PBS LearningMedia. And sign […]

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