BBC News Flash: UK Mums & Dads Take the Lead on Leave

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This just in via the BBC (“Business” section, mind you): Under a new law, effective today, 285,000 working couples are eligible to share the care between their babies’ birth and first birthday, or within a year of adoption.

They’re entitled to 50 weeks, 37 of them paid—and, are you ready?—after a compulsory leave of two weeks for mothers. How compassionate. Why, who would even consider that women might need any time after laboring to bring a precious specimen of human capital into the world? And, oh so flexible: this shared leave can be taken in one block, . . . Read full article →

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New York's Real Wealth Producers are Hungry for Paid Family Leave

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Huffington Post—This was the winter of discontent for New York’s parents. Strep, sub-zero temps, tantrums. Then Andrew Cuomo declared he had no appetite for paid family leave. The governor may be a glutton for women’s equality. Still, there’s only so much equalizing one can do. He had just unveiled a new policy to address the growing crisis of sexual assault on college campuses.

But where has he been? The United States is the only advanced economy without a national paid-leave law. Only three states—California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—offer this critical support for working men and women. Even Human . . . Read full article →

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Gimme Shelter for NYC's Babies

Not too long ago, I read a piece at the Huffington Post with this title: “Cost of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person in U.S. with $600,000 Home.” Author Robbie Couch was reporting on a project, seven years behind schedule due to chronic incompetence, to create a fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. The $400 billion committed to the military, he revealed, was enough to fund the National School Lunch Program, now serving about 31 million students annually, for nearly a quarter of a century.

We shouldn’t have to say this, but I will: It’s hard . . . Read full article →

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Father Knows Best about the DIBELS and the GRADE

Steven Singer weighs in on teaching, learning, and the trying process of education reform at his blog, GADFLYONTHEWALL (capitalization and jumbling together, his), which sports the tagline “To sting people and whip them into a fury, all in the service of truth.” Be forewarned.

A nationally certified public school teacher, Singer is also the father of a daughter whom he calls “kindergarten tot,” whose adventures, along with his own, he’s been chronicling. Last month, at the L.A. Progressive, he gave a blow-by-blow account of the first parent-teacher night noting his daughter’s great affection for her teacher, how . . . Read full article →

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