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Educators often fail to recognize fathers, a researcher contends. Brad Tollefson/AP

Divorced dads often dissed by schools

When children don't live with their fathers, educators often act as if the men don't exist, an expert on child development laments in an essay about why schools must do more to recognize dads.
Surprise medical bills are happening more frequently, often from an ER visit. Damir Khabirov/Shutterstock.com

Why thousands are getting hit with unexpected medical bills

A trip to the emergency room can turn expensive fast if the providers are not in your network. That is happening more often, as some doctors choose to opt out of insurance plans. Here's why.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a press conference in Little Rock, talking about new Medicaid work requirements in that state, Sept. 12, 2018. Andrew DeMillo/AP Photo

Medicaid work requirements: Is there a path forward that could help the poor, not harm them?

In the wake of a judge’s ruling that Medicaid work requirements in two states are not legal, questions remain. The most pressing ones are about how to help low-income people, not punish them.
Coal miner Scottie Stinson, left, talks with foreman Scott Tiller outside a mine in Welch, W.Va., on May 12, 2016, as he prepares to enter a mine 40 inches high. David Goldman/AP Photo

The struggle for coal miners’ health care and pension benefits continues

As coal companies look for ways to cut costs, many are reneging on their promises for health care for retired miners. Unless Congress intervenes, these miners could face ill health and poverty.
Policymakers and consumers are well aware of rising pharmaceuticals prices. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Why the US has higher drug prices than other countries

The Trump administration's proposal to lower drug prices focuses on discounts. A health policy scholar argues that the US could learn from Europe's system of measuring drug value and effectiveness.
Textbooks often do a poor job when it comes to teaching students about slavery in the U.S. Dusan Pavlic from www.shutterstock.com

3 ways to improve education about slavery in the US

A former social studies teacher lists three ways educators and others can better understand the difficult subject of slavery in the US, including a way to hear directly from freed slaves themselves.
Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The teachers strike in Los Angeles is the first big one of 2019, but likely not the last. An education scholar says low teacher pay and inadequate public school funding will likely spur more strikes.
Austin, Texas contractor Mike Hewitt, who depends on insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. A Texas judge ruled Dec. 14, 2018 that the law is unconstitutional. Eric Gay/AP Photo

Why the Texas ruling on Obamacare is on shaky legal ground

A judge in Texas ruled Dec. 14 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. His ruling has no immediate effect, however, except to signal more perils ahead for the health care law.
Laura Kelly, governor-elect of Kansas, was part of the blue wave in November. Kelly, shown here in October, opposes Medicaid work requirements. AP Photo/John Hanna

Medicaid work requirements: Where do they stand after the blue wave?

Republicans have sought to limit Medicaid, and a key component of those efforts is requiring that those who receive Medicaid benefits work. But many already do, and others can't, a scholar explains.
Images of Donald Trump from the midterm campaign. Illustration by Bob Britten

What image will define the 2018 election?

Here's a riddle: What's the dominant image of the 2018 election campaign? There isn't one. But there are many.
Prayers outside the Tree of Life synagogue. Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

How safe is your place of worship?

A national survey of over 1,300 congregations found that religious leaders struggle to balance security concerns with carrying out a mission to be open to the communities they serve.
Facilitated discussions about math can help kids learn. PanyaStudio/shutterstock.com

Why students need more ‘math talk’

Most math classrooms feature a teacher lecturing and students quietly working on problems. But research shows that a different approach would lead to better results.

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