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Homeless Children and Youth Act to Close Gaps in HUD Services

July 25, 2014
By Elliott Gluck

According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 1.1 million children are currently experiencing homelessness across the country. These children come from a diverse range of communities, but all face difficulties including hunger, health problems, and the risk of exploitation and violence.

CORE Excellence Act Delivers Accountability Kids Need

July 10, 2014
By Kevin Lindsey

In recent years, federal accountability for education has focused solely on outcomes while remaining silent on the inputs necessary to bring about those outcomes. In other words, students, teachers, and schools are being punished when they do not meet certain federal standards for achievement on standardized tests. Those punishments include holding children back, not allowing students to graduate, mass teacher lay-offs, and closing schools.

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

June 2, 2014
By Bruce Lesley

According to a new report by Sarah Binder at the Brookings Institution entitled Polarized We Govern?, "Today, 75 percent of the salient issues on Washington's agenda are subject to legislative gridlock."

And at Vox, Andrew Prokop has pulled together five charts from a variety of sources, including Binder's research, that highlight how Congress is extremely: (1) gridlocked; (2) unpopular; (3) polarized; (4) unproductive; and, (5) expensive.

Advocates, Leave the Naysaying to the Naysayers

May 6, 2014
By Ed Walz

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize, so it’s no surprise that he knows a thing or two about communications. His column today was nominally about party politics, but the same lesson is also important for kids’ advocates: if you want to win, drop the pessimism.