Tag: poverty

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Anti-poverty programs help alleviate costs: More must be done to reduce burdens

Recent U.S. Census Bureau data show reductions in the poverty rate and increases in household median income, but that’s not the whole story.


Shenandoah University to co-host poverty conference With VASCD

This fall, Shenandoah University’s School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), will a conference on poverty for K-12 teachers, education leaders and others interested in issues related to education in Virginia.


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Earth Day: Examining the relationship between climate, poverty

The policy gulf between the development and environmental communities might not at first seem obvious but occasionally our interests travel on different trajectories. The compelling need to provide energy to the estimated 1.2 billion people who do not have access to electricity crashes into the reality of the climate change consequences of providing that energy from coal and fossil fuels.


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Sen. Warner statement on award of $17.5M federal preschool grant

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner released this statement today following the announcement that Virginia will receive a $17.5 million Preschool Development Expansion Grant to serve children in 11 Virginia school divisions.


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Tim Kaine applauds federal preschool expansion grant

Tim Kaine comments on a grant that will allow Virginia to increase the number of children served in state-funded preschool programs by 17 percent.


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UVA research finds academic ability of New York teachers has increased

A new study of New York State teachers shows that since 1999, the academic ability of both those certified to teach and those hired to teach has increased substantially.


Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward to lecture in Race and Justice Series at W&L

Jesmyn Ward, the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University, will give a public talk at Washington and Lee University.


New Food Bank hunger study shows majority of clients work

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank today released a new study—Hunger in America 2014, a comprehensive demographic profile of people seeking charitable food assistance in the Blue Ridge area.


Ken Plum: The Age Wave

Last week, Bob Brink, a former colleague of mine who represented Arlington-McLean in the House of Delegates and who was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services, spoke to the Northern Virginia Aging Network’s (NVAN) annual legislative summit.


Albemarle County Fire Rescue awarded grant for fire prevention, safety

Albemarle County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that they are the recipients of a nearly $100,000 grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for enhancing fire protection and safety in low income and impoverished areas of our community.


business

Walk in their shoes

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.


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Beyond Night Out: Fundraising dinner for Our Community Place

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our Special Guest, Chef Praserth, of Beyond Restaurant.


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VCU School of Education celebrates 50 years

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education is marking its 50th anniversary during the 2014-2015 academic year with special events, guest lectures and fundraising for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund.


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Virginians are part of the educational solution

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, highlights Virginia’s Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program as part of the #41Days of School Choice initiative.


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Jim Bennett: Keep Burger King in the USA

The best government response to the “inversion” of Burger King with Canada’s Tim Hortons Inc. for the purpose of avoiding US taxes is the opposite of what you might think. Rather than club Burger King over the head with yet more tax avoidance rules, don’t tax Burger King – or its ilk – at all.


Dr. Elaine Richardson to speak at Bridgewater College on how education changed her life

From a life of human trafficking and drugs to one as an award-winning college professor and recording artist – that’s the story Elaine Richardson will share Friday, Sept.5, at 8 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College. The event is free and open to the public.


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McAuliffe announces creation of Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed an Executive Order creating a cabinet solely dedicated to the education, health, safety, and welfare of Virginia’s children and youth.


Ken Plum: Kids count!

Since 1990 the Annie E. Casey Foundation has ranked states annually on overall child well-being in a report called Kids Count Data Book. The Foundation’s report is viewed as the authoritative source of information on how we are doing nationally as well as state by state for our children.


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Mark Warner: Feds should look elsewhere on immigrant facility

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement this morning on the proposed juvenile illegal immigrant detention facility in Lewrenceville.


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Second Saturday Night Out! at Our Community Place

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg, Virginia invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our special Guest Chefs, and local favorite, XENIA: A Kabob Grille, Saturday, June 14, 5-8 p.m.


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Emmett Hanger: Proposed Medicaid reform compromise

Today, as Chairman of the Medicaid Innovation & Reform Commission (MIRC) and as Chairman of the Senate Finance-Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, I am offering a proposal intended to serve as the basis for a compromise between the House, the Senate, and the Administration regarding Medicaid.


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Tim Kaine comments on GOP move to block minimum wage vote

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation that would raise the minimum wage.


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Michael Petit: Raise the minimum wage

On Wednesday this week, the United States Senate will hold a vote to raise the minimum wage, currently at $7.25 an hour, by 95 cents a year for the next three years. It will become $10.10 an hour in 2016.


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Emeritus at Staunton continues its fight against poor nutrition for seniors

For the second year in row, Emeritus at Staunton is seeking to help combat senior malnutrition by joining in Emeritus’ nationwide effort to deliver more than 10,000 meals to seniors across America in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month.


business

Luz Vega-Marquis: A living wage is an equal voice

Although the terms “minimum wage” and “living wage” are sometimes used interchangeably, their meanings are quite different. A minimum wage is the lowest a business can legally pay. A living wage is what its workers need to meet their families’ basic needs – to stave off the choice between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk.


ACC donates runnerup gear overseas

The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its participation in the World Vision’s “Gifts-in-Kind” Program, which allows the league to donate its runner-up ACC championship gear to those in need in developing countries. Gear from both the ACC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments was donated.


Gina Schaefer: Can’t build a strong economy on weak minimum wage

Our starting pay for sales associates is $10. We know that gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour makes good business sense.


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UVa. study: Immune system has dramatic impact on child brain development

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has revealed the dramatic effect the immune system has on the brain development of young children.


Chris Graham: Newt Gingrich is right on global warming

Newt Gingrich thinks John Kerry should resign after telling a conference in Indonesia on Sunday that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”


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Congressman Robert Hurt questions Federal Reserve Chair Yellen on monetary policy

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Va.) released the following statement after the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing on Tuesday entitled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.”


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Restore Access UVa.: Thanks to University for boosting program

On behalf of the Restore AccessUVA Campaign, we would like to express our immense gratitude to the University of Virginia (U.Va.) board member and alumnus John Griffin for his generous $4 million dollar challenge donation toward AccessUVa.


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Sherry Stewart Deutschmann: Low minimum wage is bad for women, families and business

As a small business owner myself, I don’t see the logic in business people arguing against increasing the minimum wage. It’s just not logical to pay people a wage that doesn’t even cover basics like food, housing, utilities and transportation needed to get to work.


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Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.


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Ed Gillespie announces U.S. Senate bid

Alexandria communications consultant and former White House aide Ed Gillespie today announced his campaign for U.S. Senate.


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Our Community Place marks Second Saturday Night Out! in January

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our special Guest Chefs, and local favorites, Clementine Café, Hank’s Smokehouse, and Thunderbird Cafe.


Our Community Christmas Concert Dec. 3 in Harrisonburg

The Our Community Christmas Concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., in Harrisonburg. Special chef-prepared desserts will be served with other refreshments starting at 6pm; live musical performance begins at 7pm.


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UVa. donors speak up against AccessUVa cuts

The I Am Not A Loan campaign and students from the University of Virginia have launched an online campaign asking donors to register their disappointment with the University of Virginia, after its governing board made a decision to cut funding from the school’s financial aid program, AccessUVa.


Our Community Place: Second Saturday Night Out

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg invites you to join in a “Night Out!”—a delicious four-course meal prepared by our special Guest Chefs, JMU’s PCMA.


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Holly Sklar: Minimum wage back to 1950 level on 75th anniversary

The minimum wage has put a floor under workers’ wages since taking effect 75 years ago on October 24, 1938. But at $7.25 an hour, today’s federal minimum wage is the same as it was in 1950, after adjusting for inflation.


Earth Talk: Concerns over essential oils

Essential oils are more popular than ever for medicinal and therapeutic purposes as well as in fragrances and flavorings for food and drinks.