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A Majority of Parents Worried that Children Aren’t Being Prepared for Success, According to New Education Post Poll

Education Post, a new non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to building support for student-focused improvements in public education, released new polling that shows while public school parents and grandparents embrace their local schools and teachers, 73% are worried that their children aren’t being prepared to compete in the global economy.

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Ebola: The Time to Give is NOW

As we hear the grim news everyday about the rise in Ebola cases and deaths, we’re all left with an urgency to help. But how? EC’s Anne Marie Burgoyne says that the time is now to give money to the organizations who are working on the ground to battle the Ebola outbreak. Giving money will really matter to help their efforts to continue to slow the spread of this deadly virus, as well as to help people who are suffering.

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DACA’s Got A Brand New Bag

Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow Megan Sheffield travels Texas far and wide to provide “pop-up” clinics for individuals who qualify and are applying for DACA, a temporary immigration status for certain individuals who arrived in the US as children. Because of the great distances she travels within the state, she’s got her “pop-up” clinic packing list down to a science. She shares her efficient packing list with EC.

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IDEO.org Launches Design Tool Kit

If there is one thing that inspires us even more than a smart, passionate entrepreneur, it’s a smart, passionate entrepreneur equipped with a human-centered design mindset. Here at Emerson Collective, we have seen the power that human-centered design (HCD) can have on building solutions to the world’s toughest challenges. So we could not be more excited about the launch of IDEO.org’s Design Kit, an HCD treasure trove for social enterprises and innovators looking to rethink or refine their approach to creative problem solving.

Learn more at DesignKit.org

Bold Administrative Action on Immigration Would Increase Tax Revenues

The Center for American Progress’s Marshall Fitz explains how bold administrative action on immigration would immediately increase our country’s tax revenues. While the size of the increase in tax revenues depends on the number of immigrants authorized, there could be up to a $6.08 billion gain in first-year payroll tax revenue if the 9.95 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the US for at least five years were granted deferred action.

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LA Times Highlights Deasy’s Bold Leadership

We want to applaud the Los Angeles Times editorial board for highlighting the bold leadership of LA Superintendent John Deasy and his tremendous efforts in turning around a district that had dismal graduation rates and whose poorest students were the lowest priority.

While the United Teachers of Los Angeles are longing for the good-old days before Deasy’s tenure, the editorial board reminded readers last week that those days were far from good for students, especially those in poor neighborhoods. “The worst teachers were routinely shuffled off to the poorest schools”, “schools actively discouraged black and Latino students from taking the full series of college-prep courses,” districts “didn’t keep track of its dropout rate,” and “high school students in LA Unified’s lowest-income communities were routinely taught math by teachers who not only weren’t math specialists, but weren’t credentialed teachers.”

The editorial highlights that under Deasy’s leadership, “test scores have been trending up over the last 10 years”, “dropout rates have fallen,” and “more students of color are taking college-prep courses.”

Read the editorial in the LA Times

EC Takes on SNAP Challenge

Over the last couple of weeks, five members of the Emerson Collective team took part in the 7-Day SNAP Challenge, an annual event to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in America. For five days, each used the average SNAP recipient’s budget of $30/week (or $4.20/day) for all of our food and drink. EC’s Anne Marie Burgoyne and Karen Warner chronicled their experience, and reflected on the difficulties of the challenge.

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NYC to issue Citywide ID Cards

Following in the steps of San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and New Haven, New York City will be rolling out a citywide ID card, which will be available to all residents despite their legal status. We agree with today’s NY Times editorial that “the longer it takes for Congress to act on immigration reform, the more it will fall to cities and towns to keep America’s welcoming spirit alive.”

Read more in the NYT

RISE Colorado on the Power of Parents

“I truly believe our families are the sleeping giants- once we tap in our families and all the strength our communities have, education will never be the same,” says RISE Colorado Co-Founder and Co-CEO Veronica Palmer in this powerful video produced by Teach for All that spotlights the power of parents on not only their child’s education, but on schools and systems.

Watch the video

More Pro Bono Lawyers Needed for Immigrant Children

AP reports that most of the nearly 60,000 Central American children who have arrived in the United States in the last year still do not have legal representation.  “With the number of unaccompanied immigrant children more than doubling this past fiscal year, the need for attorneys has surged, and it has been exacerbated by the immigration courts’ decision to fast-track children’s cases, holding initial hearings within a few weeks instead of months.”

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