Graduation caps.
Paul Sancya/ AP Photo
May 30, 2014

High School Graduation Rates Up, Some Students Still Behind

May marks the anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which outlawed “separate but equal” policies in public schools. But, 60 years later there are still concerns over equal opportunities for all students. 


States are taking an out provided by Congress to avoid cutting food stamp benefits to families, many of whom already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
(Antonio Mena/Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank)
March 13, 2014

States’ Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.


Teresa Webb, 50, has been homeless for the last eight months. She gets supplies from the Salvation Army truck in Champaign on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
(Sean Powers/WILL)
January 13, 2014

Homeless Try To Stay Warm, Together

For homeless people in central Illinois, escaping the recent snow and frigid temperatures can be a challenge. Shelters and transition centers offer short-term help for some, but homeless families often face a tough choice between staying together or staying warm.


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