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Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism | Opinion

By: - May 4, 2021

By Jacob Kirksey The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Making a healthy breakfast available to students not only can help alleviate hunger and improve concentration at school; it also appears to encourage regular attendance, according to new research I co-authored. In a study published in February 2021, […]


Pa. lawmakers just can’t resist comparing things to the Holocaust & Nazis. It’s time to banish this lazy and offensive rhetoric from our dialogue | Opinion

By: - May 3, 2021

The Holocaust is not a rhetorical device to be manipulated and deployed against one’s political opponents, and to use it as such is contemptible.


Building Equity for All: To increase home values and correct injustice, start in Pa. schools | Opinion

By: - May 2, 2021

As our nation strives to correct racial inequities, greater state investment in education is an obvious starting point to ensure that all children attend good schools and have genuine opportunities to succeed.


We must join together to stop the hate against Asian Americans. Here’s how you can help | Opinion

By: - May 1, 2021

If you think that these violent acts just impact the targeted person or Asians, you are wrong. It affects us all.


This is the true ‘gold standard” for child protection in Pa. | Opinion  

By: - April 30, 2021

It’s time for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to stand up for survivors. It’s time for lawmakers to start protecting survivors over sexual predators.


Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution | Opinion

By: - April 29, 2021

Marketers will soon be able to use AI-assisted vocal analysis to gain insights into shoppers' inclinations – without people knowing what they're revealing or how that information is being interpreted.


Transgender youth are coming out and living in their gender much earlier than older generations | Opinion

By: - April 28, 2021

A survey also found that trans people who live in their affirmed gender report experiencing less stigma, anxiety and depression.


What to make of ‘cancel culture’ and the price of free speech? | Opinion

By: - April 28, 2021

One thing the 21st century has taught us is that Americans are losing the essential ability to disagree agreeably and that free speech can be expensive.