"With elite colleges under growing pressure to enroll more low-income students, the University of Chicago is taking a series of rare steps to make applying faster, simpler and cheaper, and to make studying there more affordable. The package of measures, to be announced Wednesday, includes several that are highly unusual, like eliminating the expectation […]
"An effort to get 250 homeless people off the streets of downtown San Diego within 100 days fell far short of its goal, organizers said Tuesday, but they said much was learned that could lead to long-term solutions to homelessness. The push was part of the 25 Cities Initiative, a plan to create a collaborative system to find permanent homes for the chro […]
"New state ratings reveal that dozens of Minneapolis and St. Paul schools are among the lowest-performing schools in Minnesota and are failing to close the achievement gap between white and minority students. Statewide, education officials identified 155 struggling schools. The ratings signal which schools are performing poorly and which are beating the […]
"Research from Rice University academics Todd Risley and Betty Hart found that, by age 3, children from low-income families hear, on average, 30 million fewer words than their peers growing up in more affluent homes. This word gap - and related social and emotional skill deficits - become the achievement gap when children born into poverty enter kinderg […]
"With the deadline for high school seniors to enroll in Gov. Bill Haslam’s first-in-the-nation offer of a free two-year postsecondary education now one month away, a report by 24/7 Wall Street shows how urgent and absolutely essential Tennessee Promise is to the state."
"Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on Tuesday that expanded New York City’s living wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90 for workers who do not receive benefits. The significant expansion, which will cover thousands of previously exempt New Yorkers, fulfilled a campaign promise made by de Blasio, who became the city’s f […]
"I believe that nobody who works for a living should ever have to raise a child in poverty. That is why I recently introduced an ordinance in the City Council to raise the minimum wage to $13 per hour in Chicago by 2018 and tie it to inflation. That way, as the cost of essentials goes up, so will the family's income. That is also why I recently sig […]
"Mayor de Blasio on will sign an executive order implementing a massive expansion of the city's living-wage law Tuesday, increasing the hourly rate from $11.90 to $13.13, according to a report. The order will have an immediate effect on employees working on commercial projects that have received more than $1 million in subsidies from the city, The […]
"Rauner's words mark the first time he has publicly staked out that position after sidestepping the question of a possible rollback of the state's Medicaid expansion during a joint appearance in March with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and at a Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting a month earlier. The new disclosure comes as President Barack […]
"When Gov. John Kasich bucked his party to accept the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Ohio, the fight wasn't over. In a fraught political maneuver in 2013, the Ohio Controlling Board voted to accept about $2.6 billion from the federal government over 18 months to expand eligibility to low-income single adults and more parents."