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Archive: December 10, 2015

Advocates call for a statewide, smoke-free law to protect Kentucky's children from secondhand smoke. (Credit: Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one-third of Kentucky is covered by local smoke-free laws, prohibiting smoking indoors in public places. But what about the rest of the state? Children's advocates are pushing for a statewide smoke-free law, claiming in a new issue brief it would be a "win" for children, in ...Read More

Groups such as the North Carolina Council of Churches and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence are fighting for common-sense gun reform. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/

DURHAM, N.C. – Starting tonight there are events in North Carolina to recognize Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. The nationwide event was planned in remembrance of the Sandy Hook anniversary, long before last week's deadly shooting rampage in San Bernardino, Calif. Organizers, inclu ...Read More

They have been working without a contract since June. Members of Massachusetts Community College Council demonstrated at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner this week in advance of the next round of negotiations on Friday. (S. McLennan)

BOSTON – Both sides are expected to sit down again on Friday in efforts to hammer out a new deal for thousands of faculty and staff members at community colleges in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Community College Council President Joe Leblanc says about 2,500 faculty and staff have been wor ...Read More

California educators are praising the passage of a new education bill to replace No Child Left Behind. (bhester/morguefile)
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LOS ANGELES - California education advocates are praising a bill that passed the U.S. Senate in a landslide on Wednesday and replaces No Child Left Behind. The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which got a "yes" vote from Senators Boxer and Feinstein, returns much of the decision-making power b ...Read More

Texas is taking the lead to help young people in foster care experience life as any other child. Credit: DragonImages/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas – A recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows how states can make sure children living in foster care have the same opportunities as their peers, and Texas is ahead of the curve. In the last session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1407, a law that makes it eas ...Read More

Classroom education in every public school in Wisconsin will benefit from greater local control with passage of new national legislation, according to the state's largest teacher's union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council. (U.S. Navy)

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin educators are pleased with the passage of an act that dramatically rolls back federal control of education. President Obama is expected today to sign the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which passed the U.S. Senate on an 85-12 vote yesterday. The bipartisan suppo ...Read More

More than half of nonprofit human-service workers earn less than $15 an hour. (Norwood/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Nonprofit organizations are calling on New York State to raise the minimum wage for human-services workers to $15 an hour. More than 200,000 people work in day-care centers, senior centers, homeless shelters and other service providers in the state. More than two-thirds have some colleg ...Read More

Five states currently have laws allowing physician aid in dying for terminally Ill patients. (Mercurywoodrose/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Advocates for physicians' aid in dying are working in the courts and in the Legislature to make it possible for terminally ill New Yorkers to end their lives peacefully, and with dignity. A lawsuit seeking to protect doctors from prosecution for prescribing end-of-life medications was d ...Read More

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