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A New Perry vs. Doggett Education Fight?

The Texas Tribune, Morgan Smith Aug 7, 2013

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.

Education, early education

Poor Children Show a Decline in Obesity Rate

The New York Times, Sabrina Tavernise Aug 6, 2013

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.

obesity, nutrition, hunger programs

Student’s Home-Schooling Highlights Debate Over Va. Religious Exemption Law

The Washington Post, Susan Svrluga Jul 28, 2013

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.

Education, K-12

Tuition Tax Credits and Vouchers for Private Schools Increase

Stateline, Elaine S. Povich Aug 6, 2013

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.

Education, education reform, K-12

America’s Growing Caregiving Crisis Spans Generations

New America Media/California Health Report Aug 4, 2013

Mina Dixon said: A rapidly aging population is on a collision course with dwindling family savings and startling rates of chronic disease and dementia.

Health, Economy, housing, aging, caregiving, safety net

Former Child Trafficking Victim Now Mentors Others

NPR Aug 4, 2013

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.

juvenile victims, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking

Magazine for Adult Adoptees Raises Issues of Alienation, Racism and Loss

Minnesota Public Radio, Laura Yuen Aug 5, 2013

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.

adoption, parenting, race/ethnicity

Why Do the People Raising Our Children Earn Poverty Wages?

The Nation, E. Tammy Kim Jul 31, 2013

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.

work, child care, early child development

Teen Moms Get 'No Stigma, No Shame' Pep Talk

Women's eNews, Alizah Salario Aug 1, 2013

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.

parenting, teens, teen pregnancy

At Cherokee Point Elementary, Kids Don’t Conform to School; School Conforms to Kids

ACES Too High, Jane Stevens Jul 22, 2013

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.

Education, education reform, K-12, child development, child welfare