Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Alabama state senator Trip Pittman had always sort of questioned whether nursery schools were worth the investment. Pittman, a conservative Republican, figured the kinds of things you’re supposed to learn before kindergarten—washing your hands, tying your shoes, minding your manners—might best be taught by parents and grandparents at home. Conservatives often argue that kids who attend preschool fare no better than those who don’t. So in 2013, when a proposal came before the Legislature to expand a state preschool program for four-year-olds, Pittman was on the fence. The folks from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, a group backing the proposal, were persistent, though. They were sure they could win the senator over if only he would come see the program in action, and so one day he did. Pittman visited a preschool in Prichard, a small, long-struggling city near Mobile, and came away … [Read more...] about This Deep-Red State Decided to Make a Serious Investment in Preschools. It’s Paying Off Big-Time.
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Jef Feeley, Jeff Green and Anders Melin, Bloomberg Published 4:45 am PDT, Sunday, July 29, 2018 Photo: Scott Eells, Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Liberty Tax founder John Hewitt in 2013. Liberty Tax founder John Hewitt in 2013. Photo: Scott Eells, Bloomberg It's incredibly hard to fire a founder even if he deserves it 1 / 1 Back to Gallery John Hewitt got pushed out of a company he'd founded once. So when he started Liberty Tax, he wanted to make sure it didn't happen again. He almost succeeded. A sex scandal prompted the board to fire Hewitt from his role as chief executive officer in September, but his shares gave him continued control of the firm. Shareholders sued, executives resigned in protest, two separate independent auditors ended relationships with the company and the stock … [Read more...] about It’s incredibly hard to fire a founder even if he deserves it
It's a quiet midweek evening in Glendale, and we're at a coffee shop, about an hour before closing time. The place is empty but for a couple of day-weary punters, tapping out the final drops of coffee. The radio is on but nothing of interest is blaring out of it — just standard background noise. It's a nice, regular, main street coffee joint.Daron Malakian initially does nothing to disturb the normality. Later, the coffee shop owner will figure out who he is and excitedly ask for photographs, but that's because he can see the interview taking place rather than any overt "rock star" vibe. As he strolls in alone, Malakian's demeanor is as unspectacular as the surroundings. His clothing is equally ordinary — jeans, tee, hoodie — and, while there's something resembling a shy awkwardness about him from the outset, the Glendale resident is extremely likable.His eyes are instantly recognizable. They pop with an intensity almost at odds with the slouch in his gait. He … [Read more...] about System of a Down/Scars on Broadway’s Daron Malakian Is Ready to Put a Decade of Frustration Behind Him
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Book Review Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Nonfiction Buy Book ▾ Amazon Local Booksellers Barnes and Noble When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. ByRoxane Gay June 18, 2018 WHY ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ MATTERS What Harper Lee’s Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a book for which a great many people harbor reverence and nostalgia. I am not one of those people. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the narrator of Harper Lee’s coming-of-age novel set in the Depression-era South, tells the story of how her lawyer father, Atticus, defended Tom Robinson, a black man who has been falsely accused of raping a white woman in the fictional Alabama town of Maycomb. By the end of the novel, Robinson has … [Read more...] about Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Roxane Gay Isn’t One of Them.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Art & Design Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAlex Marshall June 18, 2018 The day after Ireland’s recent abortion referendum, Brenda Malone woke up early, walked to her car and took a stepladder and some wire cutters out of the trunk. Then she started climbing up lampposts and cutting down any campaign posters she could find. The first one had a picture of a fetus on it, with the words “Don’t repeal me.” Ms. Malone may have looked like an activist claiming mementos of the referendum or a protester making a final act of defiance after Ireland’s vote to rescind the Constitution’s ban on abortion. But Ms. Malone had different reasons: She is a curator at the National Museum of Ireland who is working to preserve the posters. Since that day, Ms. Malone has put out a call for flags, banners and signs used in the campaign … [Read more...] about Posters, Banners, Boarding Passes: Museums Try to Get a Head Start on History