Mina Dixon said: A new Obama administration initiative promoting early education makes Texas is eligible for $308 million in federal money. States are still waiting for details for the Department of Education on how the program will work, but if the past is any guide, it's far from a sure thing that money will actually make it to Texas.
Mina Dixon said: The cause of the decline in obesity rates for low-income children is a mystery, but theories include an increase in breast-feeding, a drop in calories from sugary drinks and changes in food offered in federal nutrition programs for women and children.
Mina Dixon said: Virginia law allows parents to claim a religious exemption and opt out of public education. Josh Powell, 21, was taught at home because of the religious exemption. He wonders how much he could have accomplished if he hadn't spent so much time and effort catching up.
Mina Dixon said: Across the U.S., states are creating are expanding tuition tax credits for private school tuition. Struggle in the Alabama Legislature reflects a growing movement in the states.
Mina Dixon said: A rapidly aging population is on a collision course with dwindling family savings and startling rates of chronic disease and dementia.
Mina Dixon said: Sheila White grew up in a troubled home and was forced into sex work. White now works with Girls Education and Mentoring Services to help other victims of sex trafficking rebuild their lives.
Mina Dixon said: Gazillion Voices, a new online magazine for adult adoptees around the country, seeks to challenge the traditional narrative about adoption, in part by injecting race into the conversation.
Mina Dixon said: Childcare workers perform that most vital labor, rearing our young. But across the country, they are invisible and poorly paid, without healthcare, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation or other benefits.
Mina Dixon said: Though rates of teen pregnancy have declined, the stigma associated with teen pregnancy has not. Councilwoman Annabel Palma tells her story in the wake of New York City's controversial ad campaign.
Mina Dixon said: Many of the kids from Cherokee Point ES come from families under a lot of stress. Principal Higa is changing the system to meet the needs of his students.