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How to pick the best school for your child

Chavous

Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or daughter.

While educational choice is expanding across the country and everyday there are even more opportunities out there for a child to attend a high-quality school, it still can be an intimidating task for a parent to find the perfect school for their child to attend. While quality, through examining test scores and Department of Education reports on a particular school, and reputation can be easy to determine in your community, there are many aspects to a school environment that can maximize your child’s potential for success.

  • Written by Kevin Chavous
  • Category: Commentaries

U.S. trails more than 100 countries in voter turnout

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Lost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day.

The U.S. ranks 120th with a voter turnout rate of 66.5 percent. That’s well behind No. 1 Australia (94.5 percent) and even behind Guyana (88.5 percent), Belize (80.4 percent), Mozambique (78 percent), Honduras (72.8 percent) and Uganda (70.8 percent).

  • Written by George E. Curry-NNPA News Service
  • Category: Commentaries

Out of my jurisdiction

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The charred remains of a once sturdy house arrest my attention on my everyday commute. It was such a beautiful home but what is left now is just a shell, covered in ashes.

The story of what happened is almost unbelievable. Just around the corner from where this home is, there is a fire station. Not even a half-mile distance separates a home that nearly burned to the ground and the place that is tasked with putting out fires.  A friend of mine relayed to me that he drove by the house on fire and then passed the fire station. The inactivity at the station was alarming. And the reason why there was no response from this station was because as close as this home was, it was out of their jurisdiction.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: Commentaries

Amendment 1 ruffles the feathers of my faith

Fisher

I come from a tradition of prophetic Christianity. Within that tradition, religious extremism (or what I have come to describe as theological terrorism) has always been disturbing and counterproductive. Therefore, when I consider the impact of Amendment 1 on women’s health, I confess, the amendment ruffles the feathers of my faith.

Extreme is an understatement. Draconian is insufficient. This Amendment would limit a woman’s access to safe and compassionate abortion care, with no exemptions to save the life of the mother or even when the pregnancy has resulted from rape. There is not a faithful bone in my body that finds this amendment in alignment with religious righteousness.  

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: Commentaries

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