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Posts from February 2013

Sequestration Cuts Will Devastate Head Start

by Vijay Das (MPP candidate '13)

Our leaders often peddle the role of family. Yet with the specter of a federal government shutdown, Washington has put our most vulnerable citizens on life support. While the White House expands preschool, Washington shrinks Head Start. California's poorest kids deserve better. A brain child of Lyndon Johnso… More

Demand Good, Sustainable Food Retail Jobs to Fight Food Deserts

by Sally Smyth (MPP Candidate '13)

In his State of the Union Address this month, President Obama called for a much- needed increase to the federal minimum wage. Almost four million American workers are paid at or below the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour for their work, adding up to about $15,000 per year, per person for a full-time, 40 hour per week… More

The Minimum Wage, Guns, Healthcare, and the Meaning of a Decent Society

by Robert Reich

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney. Employers won’t outsource the jobs abroad or substitute machines for them because jobs at this low level of pay are all in the local personal service sector (retai… More

The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

David Kirp's Op-ed in the New York Times

What would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinv… More