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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 178 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

What's New in 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

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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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Civics in the Community | 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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How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

Do Now | March 22, 2014 | 450 Comments

How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

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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There are Many Ways to End Poverty

Do Now Round-Ups | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

There are Many Ways to End Poverty

Last week, students across the nation debated about the issue of poverty and ways to help prevent it in America in our #DoNowPoverty. We asked How should the U.S. treat people who are living in poverty? What would an anti-poverty agenda look like? Devise one piece of legislation that could make a difference.

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California’s Minimum Wage Comparisons

News & Civics | September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s Minimum Wage Comparisons

The California legislation proposed to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9 by July 2014 and $10 by January 2016. This new bill has received both praise for helping struggling American families and criticism for potentially lowering the number of jobs. KQED’S The Lowdown explores the arguments for and against the new bill, how California’s […]

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Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Do Now: Government and Civics | September 6, 2013 | 153 Comments

Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Last week, thousands of fast-food workers in more than 60 cities around the country hit the streets in front of McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and a number of other huge fast-food chains to demand higher wages and the ability to join a union.

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Do Now Round Up: Minimum Wage

Do Now Round-Ups | March 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Do Now Round Up: Minimum Wage

Should there be a minimum wage? was last week’s question in our weekly Do Now. The issue addresses a few points: should there be one at all? Should the Federal Government raise the current minimum wage. Who would be affected by this? Students responded with insightful comments covering the full spectrum of this issue. Most […]

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Do Now #65: The Bottom Line (A Minimum Wage)

Do Now | February 22, 2013 | 76 Comments

Do Now #65: The Bottom Line (A Minimum Wage)

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 #KQEDDoNow For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Should there be a minimum wage? Is it time to raise the federal minimum wage? How […]

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