Archives for the ‘Lead Story’ Category

The Clash at Charlottesville

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Lead Story

By Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 14 and Sophia Rothman, age 14
On August 11, groups of white nationalist and neo-Nazis assembled on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia at 8 a.m.  to show their opposition to the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The rally began in Lee Square when [...]



The Future of the Affordable Care Act

May 6th, 2017 • Category: Lead Story

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on a new healthcare bill that could leave millions without insurance



Trump Comes to Power: Protesters Chant “Not My President”

Dec 2nd, 2016 • Category: Lead Story, Nation & World

On November 8, 2016, the United States elected Donald Trump as its next president. Beginning the day after the election, protests against Trump’s victory sprung up across the country.



Voting Rights in the 2016 Election

Nov 7th, 2016 • Category: Lead Story

The 2016 election marks the first presidential race since the 1965 Voting Rights Act was overturned. What is the state of voting rights this election?



‘Salam, I Come in Peace’: Muslims Stand Up Against Islamophobia

Mar 12th, 2016 • Category: Lead Story

Activist Aber Kawas with the Arab American Association of New York talks about her work advocating for her community amidst a culture of Islamophobia.



Imagine Peace: Activists Call for an End to Gun Violence

Jan 17th, 2016 • Category: Lead Story

Young people are the number one group impacted by gun violence, according to the Center for American Progress. Gun violence impacts people between the ages of 15 and 24 more than any other type of violence. On average, approximately 33,000 people die and 70,000 are wounded by guns every year. Many activists and organizations are working to reduce gun violence by educating the public and advocating for stricter gun control laws.



Earth Kids! Youth Eco-Activists Will Bring Their Voices to Paris Climate Talks

Nov 8th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

What will happen to the earth if temperatures rise by just two degrees? This December, young environmental activists from around the world will join representatives from 200 countries at the annual U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) to agree on a plan to limit the rise of global temperatures and to save our planet.



Restoring Justice in Schools

Sep 5th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Restorative justice shifts the way that a school community treats and views student behavioral issues. When students misbehave, their peers, teachers, parents and the school administrators address it as a community rather than strictly punishing students through suspension or expulsion. A culture of restorative justice helps students to find out what they are doing wrong, why, how it affects others, and how they can fix it.



Black Lives Matter

May 16th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Black Lives Matter, a grassroots social justice movement that protests police violence against unarmed Black and Latino people, is sweeping the country and growing every day. From the Millions March to “die-ins,” activists of all ages are raising voices and fists to demand an end to police killings of unarmed Black and Latino people.



More Than a Score: Opting Out of High Stakes Tests

Mar 15th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Come standardized testing season this spring, some students are planning to stay home. Students and parents across the country, in greater numbers than ever before, are choosing to opt out of the annual assessments, saying that they are too stressful for students, teachers and schools alike, and that they don’t actually reflect how well a student is doing.