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Sharon Lerner

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Sharon Lerner covers education, work/life, and other issues affecting children and families and conceived of the Prospect's special report on early education. She is a Senior Fellow at Demos, a progressive think tank.

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At the White House Summit on Working Families, one bright spot could be the advance of paid sick leave -- a benefit not offered by most newly created jobs. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Does pre-K pay off for students long-term? Read more

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A conversation with economist James Heckman Read more

Education in America

New Jersey's model program Read more

Education in America

Although the FAMILY Act, introduced today, enjoys bipartisan support, its introduction is just the beginning of a long battle. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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In California, a growing number of fathers are taking advantage of paid parental leave. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Why the former New York City front-runner doesn’t have more support from women Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A third state offers paid leave, though not necessarily a clear path for other states Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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As budgets are cut and standards raised, new evidence that teachers are growing disenchanted with their profession Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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A new report shows that pre-K education is suffering in a time of budget shortfalls and partisan politicking. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The United States stands almost alone in not guaranteeing workers paid time-off when they are sick, but momentum is building around the country to change that. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Whatever time we spend choosing between Team Sandberg or Team Slaughter is time not spent focusing on those real problems—and the real solutions to them. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Obama's ambitious plans for a national preschool initiative Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Without pay, many new parents can’t take the time off granted them by the FMLA. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Meet Willie Parker, the public face of the effort to save the state's only abortion clinic. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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None of us is safe until we're all safe. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Rural, conservative, impoverished Oklahoma has built the nation’s brightest model for early education. Read more

Education in America

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The protest movement's disaster-relief efforts have helped it connect with the “99 percent” it had trouble reaching in its Zuccotti Park days. Read more

Civil Rights in America

At a United Nations conference this week, world leaders look beyond economic output to measure the progress and well-being of a nation. Read more

America and the World