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We can fight unemployment in Arkansas

High unemployment threatens our economic well-being and the ability of working families to not only make ends meet but to thrive and make better lives for their children. A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) says Arkansas has maintained a high rate of unemployment since the recession, but there are common sense solutions to the problem.

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Youth detention should be limited

Youth detention must be utilized carefully to make sure low-level, non-violent youthful offenders do not move deeper into the criminal justice system. A new report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families says juvenile detention - the short-term involuntary holding of juveniles - is often the gateway to longer-term incarceration and must be used thoughtfully.  

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Why quality teachers matter

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education reports that students of color experience more suspensions, poorer quality teachers, and have access to fewer advanced math and science courses. The findings, released March 14, 2014 demonstrate that students of color experience more negative outcomes with education than white students. The disciplinary concerns were discussed in a recent AACF Blog post. But disparities don't end with disciplinary action.

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Recapping the March revenue report

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Children of color face barriers

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Arkansas has a lot of ground to cover to ensure that all kids - especially children of color - are positioned to thrive. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, shows how children are progressing on key issues across racial and ethnic groups at the national level and in Arkansas.

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More negative outcomes for students of color

Students of color experience more negative outcomes with education than white students. According to a report by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education, students of color experience more suspensions, poorer quality teachers, and have access to fewer advanced math and science courses. The findings, released March 14, 2014, are based on 2012 data. The results are consistent with recent Arkansas research showing similar concerns for minority and low-income students.

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Minimum wage increase will save on SNAP

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Get enrolled: one student's enrollment story

For 26-year-old Nate Kennedy, health coverage under the Affordable Care Act arrived not a moment too soon. On January 2nd, the day after his new "silver" health plan kicked in, he developed a high fever and night sweats, and doctors soon realized he had malaria. It was a holdover from international student travel, but he had shown no symptoms before that. Fortunately, his new plan was in place, and he got the care he needed to heal.

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