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Does Your Family’s Income Impact Your Education?

Do Now | October 31, 2014 | 200 Comments

Does Your Family’s Income Impact Your Education?

A growing number of states and school districts are increasing their focus on students who are “chronically absent” from school— often defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason. Why do you think chronic absenteeism is most prevalent among low income students?

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 240 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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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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America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

What's New in News & Civics! | February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

America is described as “The Land of Opportunity,” a place where people are instilled with the idea of how hard work opens up countless educational and financial opportunities, no matter what social class you are born into. But, is social mobility really possible for everyone?

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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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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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