April 29, 2015


Recently, New America published an article suggesting that it is time to re-envision elementary education. Authors Lisa Guernsey and Laura Bornfreund argue that the current school structure, with preschool education ending at pre-kindergarten and elementary education...

March 18, 2015


Over 10 million children attend an afterschool program in the United States today, up more than 50% since a decade ago. In fact, according to a report released by the Afterschool Alliance, more than 19 million parents say they would enroll their children in an aftersc...

March 4, 2015


Last week, I wrote about school lunches. However, you may not realize that in addition to the National School Lunch Program, there is also a National School Breakfast Program. Since 1975, this meal program has provided federal funding to states, enabling more than 89,...

February 19, 2015


Vaccination used to be something that a patient (or his or her parent) decided upon with the guidance of a doctor. It was primarily a medical issue. Today, with the recent outbreak of measles (121 cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia), everyone seems to be...

February 6, 2015

Our national conversation often revolves around “the American dream,” that uniquely American notion that anyone who works hard can live a full life that includes a secure job, satisfying personal relationships, the freedom to share one’s opinions, and maybe even home o...

October 16, 2014

Walt Disney famously said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Too many children and teenagers don’t have dreams for the future; they may not even have goals for next week. This is one of the underlying reasons for the chronic absenteeism that plagues many inner city...

July 31, 2014

Now more than ever, a high school diploma is critical to finding gainful employment, whether a student continues on to technical school or college. Schools and school systems must report graduation rates, resulting in an incentive to make sure that every student receiv...

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