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$15 Million and a Government for the People

$15 Million and a Government for the People

On September 30, 2002, my grandmother died and I was spending $15 million. I was newly on the job at the US Department of Education, fresh from graduate school. I bee-lined it for this federal agency, on a fellowship, because I believed I could make the most change for children at this highest level of government. Upon … Continue reading

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Goldfish Crackers It Ain’t

Today I took on a children’s snack giant: the tiny goldfish cracker. It was our family’s turn to bring “special snack” to my daughter’s school. But in my mind, “snack” equalled “educational opportunity”. An opportunity to tie the day’s food into the weeklong theme on farming that her class was doing. An opportunity to expose … Continue reading

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

As Kids Grow, So Do Parents

Do you ever feel that as a parent, time can be totally static and yet time can race so fast you wonder where it all went? And so it was the other week, watching our now three-year-old daughter in her very first musical performance. Her preschool put on the show, “Barnyard Moosical”. Our Ladybug dressed … Continue reading