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The Voucher Program We Really Need Is Not For School - It's For After

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report

At 3 p.m., when most schools let out, some kids will stay back to attend an after-school program, some will be picked up by parents, relatives or paid caregivers to be taken home or to a soccer or swim class, and some others will hang out, on a street corner, or in the playground nearby with friends, or in an empty home. If you are a working parent with regular office hours, the group that your child belongs to depends on how much you can afford to pay for after-school care.

Unfortunately, the free, public part of education ends when the bell sounds.

Turns out that most of those who can't afford to pay private school tuition can't dole out funds for after-school programs either. In 2016, the online education news outlet Chalkbeat reported that only 18 percent of children nationally are served by before- and after-school programs. Many have no choice but to leave children in settings that won't teach them skills that will help them get to college or snag a high-paying job.

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Posted on September 19, 2018

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Posted on September 11, 2018

Revealed: The DOJ's Secret Rules For Targeting Journalists With FISA Court Orders

By Trevor Timm/Freedom of the Press Foundation
The fact that these were kept secret during the Obama administration is cause for great concern.

Posted on September 18, 2018

Evidence Of Kavanaugh Perjury Mounts After Durbin Releases More "Confidential" Documents

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
"This is a theme that we see emerge with Judge Kavanaugh time and time again - he says one thing under oath, and then the documents tell a different story."

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rahm Runs Out Notebook #1: The Polls

By Steve Rhodes
Shaping narratives with hinky numbers and massaged messages.

Posted on September 11, 2018

Don't Just Impeach Trump: Annul His Presidency

By Robert Reich
Annulment would repeal all of it - recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority.

Posted on September 3, 2018

Lawsuit Demands Return Of Prison Debate Program

By The Uptown People's Law Center
State corrections officials disliked prisoner contact with legislators, cancelled program.

Posted on August 27, 2018

'Complete Joke' | Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
There were many opportunities to talk about how the FCC misled the press and mistreated reporters. That should have been the story of this hearing, but nah.

Posted on August 17, 2018

Not Saying John McCain's Name Is Least Vile Thing About Trump's Signing Of $717 Billion Military Spending Bill

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"Can't think of anything that better sums up the moral bankruptcy and cliquishness of D.C. media than the uniform meltdown over a $717B defense bill not being properly credited to McCain as if that's the goddamn problem."

Posted on August 16, 2018

A Conservative's Conservative Before He Was Nominated And An Open-Minded Jurist After

By Helen Marie Berg, Abigail DeHart, Leah Litman and Lark Turner/Take Care
Before the nomination, Kavanaugh's supporters depicted him as a "warrior" for conservative causes like religious liberty, and as someone who would never go soft on issues like abortion. After the nomination, Kavanaugh's backers depicted him as an open-minded jurist whose views are genuinely unknown on a litany of issues, including abortion, and have suggested he should be evaluated based on his credentials and qualifications alone.

Posted on August 13, 2018

The Rahm Emanuel TIF Game: Slush Funds And Shovelfuls Of Cash

By Jesse Sharkey/CTU Vice President
The real Manafort trial bombshell: The shamefully creative ways that Chicago's mayor shovels cash to the connected at the same time he cuts funding for schools, mental health facilities and city services for the rest of us.

Posted on August 18, 2018

MUSIC - Christgau Loves Chicago Neonatologist.
TV - Amazon & The Way Of The World.
POLITICS - Yes On Vouchers For After-School Programs.
SPORTS - The Ex-Cub Factor.

BOOKS - Writers Under Surveillance.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Original Warrior.

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