Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

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This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more emphasis on pre-kindergarten programs, particularly as an intervention for closing persistent achievement gaps along socioeconomic lines. As more state and local leaders are […]

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

Washington, DC I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key points parts of President Barack Obama’s address. Starting with the economy, Mr. Obama proposed […]

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin Talks about the State of the (Dis)Union

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This conversation started inside the boundaries: we had a lot to say about the President’s third–maybe last?–State of the Union. Did Mr. Obama succeed in reporting to the American people what our country’s deal is, with a heavy dose on our economy?  Crucially as this was his re-election kick off speech, did he lay out […]

In Fox News Latino: State of the Union: ‘Make or Break’ for Obama and Middle Class

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Fox News Latino on President Obama's State of the Union

I read on crack on Facebook along the lines:  in Washington, SOTU is like the Superbowl, but for policy dweebs (of which I’m a proud, card-carrying member of this unprotected class). Wait, there’s a problema, and it’s a big one: What the President outlines in the State of Union is more important than any Tom […]