Mayor Bowser rolls out DC Cultural Plan at the launch event on April 4. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)
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District Announces Cultural Plan

THE AFRO — District of Columbia officials from three different agencies came together April 4 to present the first ever “D. Cultural Plan” a hearty initiative to invest in the arts community in the nation’s capital. […read more]

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“The lesson is striking: Consumers are the big winners when marketplaces use all the tools of the Affordable Care Act,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The policies underway in these three states are easily transferable, and if applied to the federal marketplace, taxpayers would save billions of dollars in subsidies, and middle-class Americans would benefit from much lower premiums.”
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PRESS ROOM: New Analysis Finds Leading State-Based Marketplaces Have Performed Well

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The report examines the impact that federal and state actions have had on state-based marketplaces and the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM). Cumulative premium increases in California, Massachusetts and Washington are less than half of the increases seen in FFM states, but 2019 premium increases spiked in California and Washington compared to Massachusetts, which continued its state-based penalty. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Start Earlier-Child Care

THE AFRO — Imagine the fear and anger you would experience upon hearing from your child care provider that your child has been exposed to toxic chemicals. Over ten years ago, this was the reality for hundreds of parents in the New Jersey metropolitan area as they received news that their children were exposed to toxic mercury vapors 30-50 times beyond acceptable limits. […read more]

The Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) commends the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act unveiled today by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and bill sponsor Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL), during an event at the U.S. Department of Education. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Center for Advancing Opportunity Commends the Announcement of New Federal Scholarship for K-12

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Under the proposed Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, individuals, married couples, and businesses can invest their tax dollars in a K-12, nonprofit 501(c)(3) scholarship granting organization (SGO) and receive a non-refundable, dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit in return. An SGO must spend at least 90 percent of revenue on student scholarships, with the remaining balance available for program evaluation, program administration, or other things. […read more]

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Losing driver’s license to debt — 43 states allow suspensions due to unpaid court debt

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Today, personal vehicles transport parents to work, take multiple family generations to school, access medical and/or business services, and more. With a car and a driver’s license, consumers gain mobility to go about their daily lives in all of its multiple dimensions. But what happens when that driver’s license is revoked or suspended? […read more]

A relatively small component of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December of 2017, was the creation of Opportunity Zones in every state in the U.S., as well as in the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Creates Opportunity Zones to Spur Economic Development

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Opportunity Zones have the potential to address many of the country’s most vexing economic problems, notes Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty International. “One in six Americans lives in an economically distressed community,” said Bonnell. “There is something wrong with the way we’re operating when we have that much poverty in the United States.” […read more]

Dr. Elizabeth Primas is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign.
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Do children all need to succeed the same way?

NNPA ESSA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN — Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. […read more]