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The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.<p>A 12th-grader wrote a college admissions essay about wanting to pursue a career in oceanography. Let’s call her Isabella. A few months ago, we edited …

The State of America's Children® 2017 Report

This is a very challenging and scary time for America’s children. As new policies threaten to eliminate the safety net that millions rely on to …

Income Inequality

Short takes: Education helps reduce recidivism

More Ohio inmates are earning their GED high-school equivalency certificates in prison, with the state's rate now well above the national average. …

Cuomo budget: Funds for pre-K, technology, and merit pay

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a school spending plan that would allocate an extra $807 million in state school aid — including through a teacher merit …

Education

Behind West Virginia’s Massive Chemical Spill, A History Of Poverty And Pollution

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Maria Gunnoe remembers a time when the rivers in Boone County, West Virginia ran clear.<p>“In my childhood, I fished these …

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.<p>"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University of California, Davis. "Because flour is such a …

Adweek

Common Ground: Rescue children out of poverty

50 years after War on Poverty, focus on education reforms and private sector aid.<p><i>Cal Thomas is a conservative columnist. Bob Beckel is a liberal Democratic strategist. But as longtime friends, they can often find common ground on issues that lawmakers in Washington cannot.</i><p><b>CAL:</b> The biblical quote …

Poverty

The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013

In 1995, the Cato Institute published a groundbreaking study, <i>The Work vs. Welfare Trade-Off</i>, which estimated the value of the full package of welfare …

Equality

Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis

The fund is called the "Patriot Legal Expense Fund".<p>But the “Rank & File are great people," the president tweeted this morning.<p>The president's …

Donald Trump

How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

Bob Fedyski was adamant: his friend, Chef Matt Rapposelli, needed to check out the Chesterhill Produce Auction.<p>But for a while, Rapposelli stalled: …

Agriculture

If we can't afford to help the unemployed, we can't afford another dumb war

Senate Republicans stopped a bill that would restore emergency unemployment insurance <i>for only three months</i> on Tuesday.<p>Republicans want to end the …

Poverty And The Pulitzer: A Talk With Photographer Michael Williamson

On this edition of <i>Conversations from Studio B,</i> WOUB’s General Manager and Director Tom Hodson talks with Michael Williamson, the two-time Pulitzer …

Maple Baked Lentils with Sweet Potato

Oh, January. Your detoxes, cleanses, juice fasts, diet commercials, and cellulite cream jeans are starting to get on my nerves. Just so you know I’m …

'Will it work?' is the vital question

Ohio's lurching effort to bring about smarter assessment of schools and teachers raises a question: Is the General Assembly passing laws without …

Ohio’s First Public School Hundred-Millionaire: ECOT Founder William Lager

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is the largest charter school in the state of Ohio. The online school is easily the largest charter …