Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids





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Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids

By Ruth Conniff [2]

Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids

April 25, 2014 |

This article originally appeared at The Progressive [3], and is reprinted here with their permission. This report was made possible by a generous grant from the Voqal Fund.

Gordon Lafer, a political economist and University of Oregon professor who has advised Congress, state legislatures and the New York City mayor’s office, landed at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, late last night bringing with him a briefing paper on school privatization and how it hurts poor kids.

Lafer’s report [4], “Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” released today by the Economic Policy Institute, documents the effects of both for-profit and non-profit charter schools that are taking over struggling public schools…

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Fox ‘tough love’: Kicking your kid off a skate ramp will make him ‘more successful in life’


Fox ‘tough love’: Kicking your kid off a skate ramp will make him ‘more successful in life’

By David Edwards
Monday, April 28, 2014 10:24 EDT
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The Florida Department of Children and Families and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have expressed an interest in investigating a man for child abuse after a video showed him kicking his son down a skateboard ramp…

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Florida: Teens in Adult Justice System – YouTube Video


Florida: Teens in Adult Justice System – YouTube

Veröffentlicht am 10.04.2014

Every year, the state of Florida arbitrarily and unfairly prosecutes hundreds of children as adults. If convicted, these children suffer the lifelong consequences of an adult felony record for what are often low-level, nonviolent offenses.

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HRW: Frankreich: Unbegleitete Kinder an Grenzen inhaftiert

Frankreich: Unbegleitete Kinder an Grenzen inhaftiert

Illegal immigration at French borders in Roissy-en-France, France in March, 2003.

Frankreich: Unbegleitete Kinder an Grenzen inhaftiert

Pro Jahr 500 Kinder in Transitzonen in Gewahrsam

8. April 2014


Migranten in einem Aufenthaltsraum der zentralen Hafteinrichtung im Flughafen Roissy Charles de Gaulle nahe Paris.

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Frankreich: Personenkontrollen diskriminieren Jugendliche aus Minderheiten
26. Januar 2012 Pressemitteilung

„Frankreich setzt mit einer Lücke in der Gesetzgebung die Rechte von Kindern aufs Spiel. Die Kinder sind geografisch gesehen in Frankreich, vor dem Gesetz sind sie es aber nicht, und durch diesen juristischen Dreh wird den Kindern die Gewährung von Schutz versagt.“

Alice Farmer, Human Rights Watch-Expertin für Kinderrechte

(Paris) – Frankreich hält an seinen Grenzen jedes Jahr bis zu 500 Kinder, die alleine im Land ankommen, in Transitzonen fest. Dort wird ihnen angemessener Schutz und das Recht auf ein ordnungsgemäßes Verfahren vorenthalten, welches anderen unbegleiteten Kindern auf französischem Boden gewährt wird…

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Sex education: is ‘Planet Porn’ really appropriate?


Sex education: is ‘Planet Porn’ really appropriate?

We need to ask searching questions about what sex education lessons in pornography should consist of, argues Norman Wells from the Family Education Trust

Boys get their sex education from pornography, MPs say
There is widespread agreement that the prevalence of pornography in society presents enormous challenges Photo: ALAMY

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Should sex education classes include discussions on pornography? According to new advice launched last week to supplement the government’s own sex and relationships education guidance, they most certainly should.

What is more, the advice, jointly published by Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association, claims that lessons addressing issues surrounding pornography have the support of over four-fifths of parents.

But parents who say they think pornography should be taught in sex education lessons generally assume that their children will be…

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The technology took children too ill to leave their hospital beds to the Houston Zoo.

The Best Use of Google Glass Yet: Sick Kids Get Virtual Hang Time With Animals

The technology took children too ill to leave their hospital beds to the Houston Zoo.

April 10, 2014

Since Google Glass became available to a select few last year, explorers have been uploading some pretty cool videos filmed using the technology. Some recorded parachute rides; others paraglided. But none of them compare to this: Young patients at a Texas hospital have been using the souped-up eyewear to “visit” the zoo.

The Houston Zoo sits just across from Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, where six-year-old Jayden has been staying since he was diagnosed with diabetes a year ago. “He’s over at that window trying to see if he can see animals,” his mom says in the video. “He feels a lot like he’s different than other kids.”

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