Pensions Are Promises. States Need to Keep Up Their End of the Deal

My Pop, a bus driver in Buffalo, worked until the mandatory retirement age of 70. He and my Mom lived on Social Security along with his modest pension. One Christmas, Pop couldn’t get into the spirit of the season. The next day, he confided that the next year health care premium increases would consume his entire pension check, and then some. I can only imagine how my parents’ lives would have been affected if Pop’s pension had been cut in …

What It Takes to Help Students Graduate

By Lester Strong We had good news this year in education. U.S. graduation rates are up by 6.5 percent since 2001. For those of us who work to improve children’s potential to graduate, it’s a validation that we’re making strides. Still, many problems remain that impact graduation rates in this country. One major challenge is that many children are still not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. In fact, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who …

Celebrating 100 Days of School on the Wall

Today my class of Experience Corps students celebrated their 100th day of school!  When I got to school the teacher had placed “100th day of school” signs all over the walls.  To celebrate, the children made crowns with a “100″ featured prominently on the front, and decorated their headband with 100 hearts, numbers, triangles, dots, letters-whatever they were moved to create.  And even if they didn’t get 100 “somethings” down on the paper, when the adults stapled the bands to fit …

Can You Spell R-E-T-R-I-B-U-T-I-O-N?

Jenn from the Illinois Communications Team here, reporting on what’s shaping up to be a great event this weekend that you won’t want to miss…check out the AARP Spelling Bee, coming to you live from your computer this Saturday! Remember when you were a kid and you got to participate in the school spelling bee? You can relive those days my friends! Each year in Cheyenne Wyoming AARP holds a national spelling bee for adults. With over $1000 in  cash …

Thank A Teacher Today

It’s National Teacher Day, and I have a question. Do you remember your first-grade teacher’s name? How about your third-grade or sixth-grade teachers? Mine: Ms. Giest, Ms. Hall and Ms. Hughes. Come to think of it, I could probably name all of my teachers throughout my entire school career. There’s a reason for that – they made an impact on my life in one way or another. Teachers hold a special place in my heart. Not just because of how they helped …