Tagging Students in Texas

Northside Independent School District in Texas plans to use Radio Frequency Identification System (RFIS) tags implanted in their students’ identification cards to track student locations next year. The goal of this program, according to district officials, is to increase student safety by allowing officials to monitor student locations and increase the accuracy of student attendance tracking. If this program is successful, the district could receive an additional $1.7 million next year in funding from both higher attendance and Medicaid reimbursements for busing special education students. In 2005, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) fought to get a similar program in …read more

The Generation [Income] Gap

Hey – Save Some for Us!

Infographic from the April 2012 Issue of Esquire Magazine

The net worth of Baby Boomers is nearly 47 times higher than Americans aged 35 and younger. As older Americans get wealthier, young Americans struggle to earn enough to survive; relying on their parents for financial help, and in many cases, housing.

During the economic downturn, the wealth and influence of the Boomers caused the U.S. Government to cut funds for education-focused initiatives and student loan assistance while funding for programs like Medicare and Social Security remained relatively untouched. A 2009 Brookings Institute study …read more

GOOD Books: Recounting Riots

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The recent riots in London have shocked and drawn the attention of the world. Riots are obviously nothing new, and often tell a very compelling story about the social climate and underlying issues in a society. Review a list of 5 books about different riots in the last century.