News Brief - August 19

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 | News

Education

Socioeconomics creates ‘dropout factories’
“In this economy, a successful education does not necessarily pay off.”

Best reform in education? End poverty
Best reform in communicating about poverty? Stop using a sympathy frame. Why not build up an argument instead that relies on the strength of your closing statement:
“Improve the economy, especially at the bottom, and strengthen the American culture. Better schools will follow.”

A Teachable Moment
New Orleans‘ public school system gets a second chance.

Health

Proposed changes to state health insurance programs face fight
“There are a lot of families that are losing their coverage because they just can’t flat out afford their private coverage anymore.”

Sick leave plan a healthy move or job destroyer? (OH)

Poverty

State minimum wage to increase (CO)

Mississippi still plugging away at poverty

Conditions worsen for ’working poor‘
And unless we get rid of the poor language, we won’t get enough public support to do anything about it.