How Charters Destabilize Public School Districts: Let Us Count the Ways

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/how-charters-destabilize-public-school-districts-let-us-count-the-ways/ Three recent press reports—from Nevada, Chicago, Illinois, and Massachusetts—document how expansion of charter schools is  undermining the public schools that serve the majority of students including those with the greatest needs.  The same theory of charter school … Continued

Pay for Women Far from Equal Across PA, U.S.

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-12/livable-wages-working-families/pay-for-women-far-from-equal-across-pa-u-s/a51362-1 April 12, 2016 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – The gender wage gap is costing women in Pennsylvania almost $19 billion a year, according to a study released … Continued

Residential Resegregation by Income Continues across America’s Large Metropolitan Areas

Posted at https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/residential-resegregation-by-income-continues-across-americas-large-metropolitan-areas/ In 2011, Stanford University educational sociologist Sean Reardon and his Cornell University colleague Kendra Bishoff showed that while in 1970, only 15 percent of families lived in neighborhoods classified as affluent or poor, by 2007, 31 percent … Continued

Global Food Security Act Passes Congress with Bipartisan Support

From Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org): The Global Food Security Act (GFSA) passed both House (last week) and Senate (last night (4/20)! Oxfam applauds this because it places strong, bipartisan Congressional support behind global efforts to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition around … Continued

Challenge to Legislators: #NameTheCuts

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-07/budget-policy-and-priorities/challenge-to-legislators-namethecuts/a51283-1 April 7, 2016 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – A non-partisan policy and research group is challenging lawmakers to name the programs they’d cut to balance the budget. … Continued

USCCB/JFI Action Alert: Tell House Leadership Not to Bring Anti-Refugee Bill to a Vote

Your Urgent Action Is Needed! Tell House Leadership Not to Bring Anti-Refugee Bill to a Vote at http://capwiz.com/justiceforimmigrants/issues/alert/?alertid=71311076. Background: In mid-March, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 4731, legislation that would roll back protections for refugees seeking admission to the … Continued

Lower-Income Renters Spend Nearly Half of Income on Rent

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2016/04/06/fact-week-lower-income-renters-spend-nearly-h=alf-income-rent/#.VwUiDfkrIdU By Lecia Imbery April 6, 2016 Housing costs traditionally eat up a large portion of most Americans’ budgets. But for lower-income renters, rising housing costs mean even less money is left over to cover everything else.  According to new … Continued

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