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A Video Explaining the Safety Net

News & Civics | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Video Explaining the Safety Net

  Presidential candidates argue back and forth about the value of the “safety net”, but what exactly is it? In general, the safety net refers to the various  government funded social welfare programs such as food stamps and subsidized health care that help lift lower income individuals and their families out of poverty. However, liberals […]

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An Illustrated Guide About Income Inequailty

News & Civics | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Illustrated Guide About Income Inequailty

While the Occupy Wall Street protests have died down, income inequality, the issue that sparked the movement in the first place, still remains a problem. In 2012, more than half of the income in America went to the top 10% of wage earners.

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Were the The March On Washington’s Demands a Success?

News & Civics | June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Were the The March On Washington’s Demands a Success?

It’s been 100 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, but have the March on Washington’s demands been met?

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A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

What's New in 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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An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

What's New in 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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Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts?

Do Now: Government and Civics | April 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowCampaign For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Is money a corrupting influence on politics, or merely an expression of free speech? Should there […]

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Women Have the Right to Choose

Civics in the Community | 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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