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Women Have the Right to Choose

Do Now Round-Ups | 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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What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

News & Civics | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

While America is supposedly recovering from the Great Recession in 2008, the American household does not show the same type of growth. The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of 2012 income data that shows the average household income has not changed between 2011 and 2012.

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California Split Into Six States, an Interactive Map

What's New in News & Civics! | March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Split Into Six States, an Interactive Map

What would it look like if California was divided into six states? It’s a discussion that is not completely unheard of. Since California entered the United States in 1850, there have been several efforts to divide it, particularly from residents in far northern California who want to create a state called Jefferson. Recently, California’s Secretary […]

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We Need to Do More to Help Veterans

Do Now Round-Ups | November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

We Need to Do More to Help Veterans

Last week, students across the nation discussed ways America should help veterans escape homelessness in our #DoNowVets post. We asked students How can we prevent veterans from being homeless? Whose responsibility is it to help them? Homelessness has become a growing issue in America since the mid-eighties. However, many Americans may be shocked to find that veterans are a part of the growing number of homeless people.

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Explaining Insurance Exchanges

News & Civics | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Explaining Insurance Exchanges

Confused about the Affordable Care Act? Don’t worry. KQED’S The Lowdown helps explain the details of the law and the programs it offers through a series of videos produced by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The videos cover topics ranging from health insurance exchanges to understanding health care policies. Explaining Insurance Exchanges and Other Sexy […]

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Who is to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Do Now | October 4, 2013 | 332 Comments

Who is to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.

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7 Great Resources Explaining the Government Shutdown

News & Civics | October 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

7 Great Resources Explaining the Government Shutdown

What does it mean for the government to shutdown? After failing to reach an agreement about the allocation of funds on September 30th, Congress declared a shutdown, something that has not happened since 1996. Through several multimedia resources, KQED’S The Lowdown explains previous shutdowns, what caused the current shutdown, which parts of the government will […]

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What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?

News & Civics | September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?

Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation. Animated Explainer: What’s […]

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Robust History of Recent U.S. Military Invasions

News & Civics | September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Robust History of Recent U.S. Military Invasions

From the Gulf War to the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S Military has engaged in a number of military invasions. While it remains unclear whether or not the U.S will intervene in Syria, the deal between the U.S and Russia, which demands Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to eliminate their chemical weapons, has prevented another intervention […]

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Constitution USA in PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia | May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Constitution USA in PBS LearningMedia

This spring, PBS LearningMedia spotlights the U.S. Constitution! Enhance your next lesson with PBS LearningMedia’s brand new collection of FREE, curriculum-targeted resources from the series, Constitution USA (Grades 9-12). Use these resources to instigate classroom discussion around key concepts like Federalism, equality, and separation of powers – and to help your students to better-understand the […]

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