Sara Wilkerson

Sara Wilkerson is a recent graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor of arts in Film & Media Studies. Sara transferred to Bucknell after graduating from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with an associate of arts in Mass Media: Media Studies under a full tuition scholarship awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. While at Bucknell, Sara was involved in numerous student run publications, was President of the Bucknell Film Club in Spring 2019, and studied abroad in Bath, England in Fall 2019. Now having graduated, Sara seeks to start her career in media as a writer.

Recent Work

Retailers and Restaurants Take Control of Their Future
Economy
Retailers and Restaurants Take Control of Their Future
February 25, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

Retailers and restaurants are taking control of their future by adapting to evolving consumer behaviors via technology use and operating efficiencies says a new study released from Square Inc. Square’s “Future of Retail” and “Future of Restaurants” reports provide a glimpse into what investments businesses are... Read More

NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
Space
NASA to Land Historic Perseverance Rover on Mars This Week
February 17, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

NASA will be making its most precise and technologically complex landing yet when its Perseverance rover lands on Mars later on this week. The landing will be the space agency’s fifth rover mission on Mars.  “Perseverance is NASA’s most ambitious Mars rover mission yet, focused scientifically... Read More

Report Shows Increased Higher Education Attainment Over Time
Education
Report Shows Increased Higher Education Attainment Over Time
February 11, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, the Census Bureau released a report brief that shows higher education attainment levels have increased for Americans over the past 15 years. Data gathered for the report was sourced from the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey initiative under the Census Bureau that... Read More

New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
Opinion Polls
New Poll Suggests Americans Want Congress to Prioritize Healthcare Reforms
February 8, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - New polling data conducted by Hart Research on behalf of Protect Our Care, a health care advocacy organization, shows that Americans across party lines support healt hcare reforms as the top priority for the Biden administration. The same poll also shows that voters support... Read More

New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
Think Tanks
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
February 5, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals amid a gridlocked Washington, D.C.  In... Read More

New Study Shows State of Charitable Giving During COVID-19 Pandemic
Charitable Giving
New Study Shows State of Charitable Giving During COVID-19 Pandemic
February 2, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study from DealAid.org shows that over 70% of Americans have made a donation to charitable organizations in 2020, a near 10% increase from those who donated to charities in 2019. Over 1,100 Americans were surveyed to determine how charitable giving has changed due to... Read More

Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
Congress
Reps. Spanberger and Castro Reintroduce Apprenticeship Program Initiative
February 1, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – As part of the first session in the 117th Congress, Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D- Va., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, reintroduced legislation to support youth apprenticeship programs in Central Virginia and across the country.  The Strengthening Youth Apprenticeships Act of 2021 will direct the secretaries... Read More

Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
Environment
Rep. Peters Reintroduces Water Recycling Legislation for City of San Diego
January 29, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - This week, Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., reintroduced the bipartisan Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, legislation that simplifies the city of San Diego’s required permitting process to operate the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The legislation will solidify the region’s water security and... Read More

Library of Congress Awarded $15 Million Grant for Multiyear Cultural Initiative
Culture
Library of Congress Awarded $15 Million Grant for Multiyear Cultural Initiative
January 29, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

The Library of Congress has announced a new multiyear initiative called “Of the People: Widening the Path” in an effort to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and... Read More

Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
State News
Iowa District 2 Election Saga Continues
January 27, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

In a Monday webinar hosted by Iowa Democrat Rita Hart, Hart’s attorney Marc Elias disputed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks' recent motion of dismissal for Hart’s contention with the state’s 2nd Congressional District election results.   Hart, who ran for the House of Representatives against Miller-Meeks, lost the November... Read More

New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
Education
New Study Warns of COVID-19’s Negative Impact on Rural Colleges and Communities
January 26, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

A new study published by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on underserved rural colleges and surrounding communities could endanger the stability of local economies, health care systems and social mobility for the foreseeable future.  The study, a research... Read More

Biden Executive Order Vows Support for Quality, In-person Learning to Resume
Education
Biden Executive Order Vows Support for Quality, In-person Learning to Resume
January 22, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

President Biden has signed an executive order detailing his administration’s policy plans to reopen schools safely for quality, in-person instruction. The order also details how the administration will begin tackling long-term effects that were created and exacerbated by the pandemic, such as learning loss and educational... Read More

Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
Education
Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
January 21, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Education to extend its pause on federal student loan payments and collections until September 30, 2021.  The directive was part of a series of executive orders that the newly sworn in president signed during his first few days... Read More

Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
State News
Virginia Modifies Guidance for K-12 Reopenings Amid Pandemic
January 20, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, Virginia officials released an updated revision of the state’s interim guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in a letter sent to Virginia educators and public health officials. The move comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control published a new study indicating that K-12 schools... Read More

Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
Climate
Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
January 15, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Southern Company, an energy company serving nine million customers throughout the country, announced that it has developed a sustainable financing framework that will allow the company and its subsidiaries to issue bond investments for eligible sustainable projects.  Southern Company is among one of the... Read More

Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
State News
Gov. Little Announces Idaho’s Fiscal 2022 State Budget, Prioritizes Tax Relief and More
January 13, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced his “Building Idaho’s Future” plan, a comprehensive proposal that will impact the state’s budget into 2022. The plan features more than $450 million in tax relief and strategic investments in critical infrastructure projects such as education, transportation, public... Read More

Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
State News
Confusion, Lack of Planning and Delayed Funding Trouble States’ Vaccine Rollouts
January 8, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

As the first week of the new year comes to an end, the vaccine distribution system across the country continues to face numerous challenges in producing an effective rollout as the public remains confused on who is supposed to get the vaccine, as states experience delayed... Read More

Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
State News
Gov. Murphy Passes $14 Billion Historic Economic Recovery Legislation
January 7, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

TRENTON, N.J. -- Recently, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy passed a historic $14 billion legislation package that will benefit small businesses, local economies and more as the Garden State ushers in economic recovery and growth for years to come. The landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act... Read More

IAVA Praises Passage of Bipartisan Backed NDAA
Veterans
IAVA Praises Passage of Bipartisan Backed NDAA
January 5, 2021
by Sara Wilkerson

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting 9/11 veterans, recently praised the 116th Congress for backing the National Defense Authorization Act. The passage of the NDAA comes after Congress recently overrode President Trump’s veto of the legislative package last month. ... Read More

Report Shows Women Ran, Won, and Donated in Record Numbers in 2020
Research
Report Shows Women Ran, Won, and Donated in Record Numbers in 2020
December 22, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A joint report from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in Politics, non-profit organizations dedicated to researching and tracking election finance, reveals that women participated in record numbers during the 2020 election cycle.  There are several key highlights derived from the... Read More

Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
State News
Michigan Passes $465 Million COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package
December 21, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan state legislature passed Senate Bill 748, a bipartisan bill that provides $465 million in COVID-19 economic relief from state and federal tax revenues. The spending plan was passed earlier today in Michigan’s state House of Representatives after being passed 35-2... Read More

New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
Business
New Report Reveals Massive Company Migration to Cloud Services
December 18, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from Information Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm, reveals that cloud-based information-technology use increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies to transition to work-at-home environments. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services are among the... Read More

Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
State News
Inslee Announces Equity Package in Washington State Budget
December 18, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., announced his $365 million equity package that is part of his 2021-2023 state budget proposal. The equity package announcement is part of the governor’s weeklong policy rollout initiatives that will be a part of Washington's state budget.  In a... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses House Rule Reforms to Break Partisan Gridlock
December 15, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Recently, the Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed two proposed rule changes to the House of Representatives that would make the legislative body more effective and member-driven. The House rule reform changes were spearheaded by Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, in partnership with Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep.... Read More

Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
Education
Think Tanks Pen Joint Letter Urging Congress to Prioritize Impending College Student Crisis
December 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, a group of prominent Washington D.C. think tank organizations sent a joint letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prioritize bipartisan-backed legislation that would benefit America’s college students. The letter was sent to the House and Senate minority and majority leaders, as well as... Read More

New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
Congress
New BPC Report Lays Out Pragmatic Agenda for 117th Congress
December 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, recently released a pragmatic agenda policy report detailing nine policy recommendations for how Congress can help advance economic opportunity and financial security for America’s working families. The report’s release coincides with the BPC’s Solutions... Read More

New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Gallup Survey Suggests Americans’ Mental Health is Declining Due to COVID-19
December 7, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey report from Gallup suggests that Americans’ positive outlook on their mental health is on a nine-point decline from last year, a new low point in Gallup’s 20-year history of measuring Americans’ view on their mental health. The Gallup poll was conducted shortly after... Read More

Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual
Think Tanks
Third Way Hosts First Installment of Virtual "Wine with Wonks" Series
December 4, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON – Third Way, a Washington D.C.- based think tank, launched its inaugural “Wine with Wonks” virtual series this week that features scholars from its ACADEMIX Upshot series in an effort to promote their research and explore various education topics in a round-robin style of discussion... Read More

NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
Education
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era
December 4, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students of all education levels. The NewDEAL... Read More

BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
Education
BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
December 2, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- As part of the official launch of its Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression Initiative, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank dedicated to bipartisanship, hosted a roundtable discussion on campus free expression faced by today’s education leaders featuring members... Read More

Gov. Evers Announces One Million N95 Masks Shipped for Wisconsin’s Distribution System
State News
Gov. Evers Announces One Million N95 Masks Shipped for Wisconsin’s Distribution System
November 23, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Today, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said the state has shipped its one-millionth N95 mask as part of ongoing efforts to ensure frontline workers have access to the critical personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to limit their exposure to COVID-19. The announcement comes after Evers recently... Read More

Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
State News
Gov. Murphy Announces $161 Million in Grants for NJ Municipalities
November 23, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation will be awarding $161.25 million in municipal aid grants to advance road, bridge, safety, and quality-of-life improvements. Over 540 cities and towns throughout the state will benefit from the grant funds.  “These... Read More

Survey Suggests Americans are Feeling Loneliness With Holiday Season Approaching
Mental Health
Survey Suggests Americans are Feeling Loneliness With Holiday Season Approaching
November 20, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A survey conducted by ValuePenguin, a data-based personal finance research company, shows that nearly a quarter of Americans do not plan on seeing family and friends for the holidays this year, with more than one in 10 reporting extreme loneliness heading into the winter season. More... Read More

Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
Tourism
Northam Announces $2 Million In COVID-19 Relief Funding for Virginia Tourism Industry
November 17, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced more than $1.9 million in matching grants will be awarded to 161 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Recovery Marketing Leverage Program.  The tourism body revised its traditional marketing program, creating the RMLP, in an effort to support... Read More

Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
November 12, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The focus group explored how the youngest... Read More

Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets
Employment
Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets
November 11, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the U.S Census Bureau details the employment patterns of the 3 million post 9/11 veterans in the country from 2014 to 2018. The report shows that this growing veteran population is earning more and working longer hours than those who have never... Read More

NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
Space
NASA Preps SpaceX Crew for ISS Space Launch Later This Week
November 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, NASA is preparing to help send Crew-1 SpaceX astronauts to the International Space Station for a six-month expedition in Earth’s lower orbit.  This is the first crew rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket following certification by NASA... Read More

Nielsen Predicts Consumer Holiday Spending Behavior in 'New Normal'
Economy
Nielsen Predicts Consumer Holiday Spending Behavior in 'New Normal'
November 4, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Ahead of the holiday season, Nielsen, the global marketing research firm, recently predicted the types of behaviors consumers will exhibit due to the “new normal” set by the COVID-19 pandemic. With considerations of varying financial and physical restrictions consumers will face this year, Nielsen said that... Read More

New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
Opinion Polls
New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
November 3, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by ValuePenguin, a data-based personal finance research company, shows that more than a quarter of Americans are getting less sleep and that 1 in 5 are drinking more alcohol as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 2,000 Americans were surveyed... Read More

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
Congress
Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
October 30, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations for a new COVID-19 relief deal.... Read More

Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
State News
Kansas Announces Visible PPE Distribution Program
October 29, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. --Today, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in collaboration with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, is making visible personal protective equipment available to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their family members,... Read More

NC Senate: Thom Tillis (R)
Senate Watch
NC Senate: Thom Tillis (R)
October 28, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

About Tillis:  Thomas “Thom” Tillis is a member of the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina.  His current term ends on January 3, 2021. Tillis is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.  Originally born in Jacksonville, Fla., on August 30, 1960,... Read More

TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
Senate Watch
TX Senate: MJ Hegar (D)
October 28, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

About Hegar:  As a young girl, Hegar’s dreams of becoming a military pilot were dismissed with claims that “the front is no place for a woman.” Unwilling to back down, Hegar became a commissioned officer in the Air Force after graduating from the University of Texas.... Read More

Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020 Elections
Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
October 23, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr requesting an official briefing on Russian and Iranian interference in the 2020 election. The request... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
Congress
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
October 23, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C, hosted Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio,  for a discussion of rural broadband access in connection with telehealth and education. The discussion was part of the American Congressional Exchange Program from... Read More

New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
Opinion Polls
New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
October 22, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Gallup has released a new survey showing President Trump’s job approval rating at 43.3%, marking one of the lowest approval ratings for an incumbent during his 15th quarter in office. The Gallup poll comes ahead of the last presidential debate this week before the 2020 election... Read More

New Survey Predicts Dismal Outlook for Mom and Pop Shops for the Holidays
Economy
New Survey Predicts Dismal Outlook for Mom and Pop Shops for the Holidays
October 20, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey released from Alignable, the country’s largest online referral network for small businesses, shows 45% of consumers shifted from shopping at local businesses to purchasing goods from national, online retailers when they were most concerned about COVID. The survey also showed that 68% of... Read More

Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
Mental Health
Twin Bills in Congress Seek to Tackle Growing Childhood Trauma Crisis
October 16, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., announced their plan to introduce a pair of bills that take a holistic and community-based approach to addressing the growing crisis of childhood trauma. The announcement comes as a response to the... Read More

Trump Campaign Seeks to Increase Poll Watchers by Election Day
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Seeks to Increase Poll Watchers by Election Day
October 16, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

With less than three weeks to go until the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign is ramping up its efforts to recruit poll watchers for November. Approximately 50,000 poll watchers are projected to be recruited for President Trump’s reelection.  Awareness and concern over election monitoring has... Read More

Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
Congress
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development
October 9, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on behalf of the Coalition.  Horn recently... Read More

American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Honors Rep. Delgado with Prestigious Ag Award
October 8, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

On Wednesday, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., was honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation with their prestigious “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, an honor bestowed on lawmakers in recognition of their agricultural efforts for their farming communities. To receive the award, lawmakers need to have a... Read More

CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors
Think Tanks
CATO Institute Releases Biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors
October 6, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Today the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, released its 15th biennial fiscal policy report card on the nation’s governors. This year’s CATO report card examines the country’s governors and their state budget actions since 2018.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation was... Read More

New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
Employment
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave
October 5, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million federal employees would benefit from the... Read More

New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
Education
New Survey Says Most Schools Weren’t Prepared For COVID-19 Disruption
October 5, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by the Rand Corporation researchers indicates that most schools were not fully prepared for remote instruction and prolonged school closures at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rand researchers compiled responses from 957 elementary and secondary school principals across the country from... Read More

CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
In The News
CDC Says Halloween Isn’t Cancelled – Just Modified – This Year
October 2, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for fall holiday celebrations. As part of the recommendations, the CDC ranked traditional celebratory activities for Halloween and other fall holidays to help Americans celebrate the autumn season safely amid the ongoing pandemic.  As a preface,... Read More

North Dakota Issues Non-Driver Photo IDs to Native Americans
North Dakota
North Dakota Issues Non-Driver Photo IDs to Native Americans
September 30, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is hosting photo identification events at tribal reservations this week in an effort to help Native Americans vote in the 2020 election. Non-driver photo ID cards will be given by NDDOT to those who qualify.  On Monday and Tuesday, NDDOT... Read More

Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
Debates
Boston Globe Webinar Delves Into Presidential Debate Strategy
September 29, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Tonight’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is the candidates’ first, and perhaps best chance to define the rest of the election, according to a panel of seasoned political advisors assembled by the Boston Globe. Monday’s webinar focused on presidential debate... Read More

Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
Education
Third Way Offers Lawmakers Insight into America’s New Education Landscape
September 24, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Third Way recently added new additions to its ACADEMIX Upshot series, a short-form research series dedicated to examining the impact of COVID-19 on America’s education system. Academic experts across the country have contributed to Third Way’s series since it first launched this past summer.  According to... Read More

The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
Education
The Atlantic Festival Tackles The State of Higher Education
September 23, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As part of the second day of its four-day festival, the Atlantic Festival held multiple panels featuring college leaders and providers discussing college reopenings and the lasting impact of the pandemic on the higher education landscape in the future.  In a conversation moderated by Ron Brownstein,... Read More

The Atlantic Festival Features Women in Washington
Media
The Atlantic Festival Features Women in Washington
September 22, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As part of the kickoff of its four-day festival, the Atlantic Festival featured a panel of women leaders in areas of media, economics, government and more discussing the pandemic’s impact on their professions and America’s future.  Moderated by staff writers and editors of The Atlantic, the... Read More

Fortune Magazine Highlights 50 Companies Changing the World
Business
Fortune Magazine Highlights 50 Companies Changing the World
September 21, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Fortune Magazine announced its annual “Changing the World” list of 50 companies that have tackled society’s most pressing needs and have made a positive and innovative social impact on the world. The 2020 “Changing the World” list marks Fortune’s sixth iteration of the annual list.  According... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Celebrates Constitution Day with Webinar on Student Civic Engagement
U.S. Constitution
Bipartisan Policy Center Celebrates Constitution Day with Webinar on Student Civic Engagement
September 18, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, hosted a webinar on student civic engagement featuring student leaders and other experts as part of its second annual celebration of Constitution Day.  The webinar focused particularly on the civic engagement of Generation Z college-age students, who... Read More

Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
Education
Act Restores Private Right to Sue on Discriminatory Educational Practices
September 17, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The House passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation on Wednesday that will restore students’ and parents’ right to hold schools accountable for racial discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EIEA was brought to the House... Read More

House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
Education
House Passes Legislation Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Schools
September 16, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - Today, the House of Representatives passed the Strength in Diversity Act 2020, legislation that will provide funding for voluntary desegregation initiatives across the country. The Strength in Diversity Act was brought to the House by Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and authored by Rep. Robert... Read More

Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
State News
Idaho Leads Nation in Financial Stability Under Gov. Little
September 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho leads the country in financial stability due in part to Republican Gov. Brad Little’s deregulatory measures since taking office, which helped spur an economic rebound for the state as tax revenues beat projected revenues by $37 million last month and as the... Read More

NY Democratic Leaders Urge Congress to Pass RESTART Act
Arts
NY Democratic Leaders Urge Congress to Pass RESTART Act
September 8, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Rep. Antonio Delgado and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in an effort to push Congress to pass the bipartisan-supported RESTART Act, which will help live event venues, small and mid-sized businesses which have been hit the hardest by the... Read More

Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
Education
Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
September 4, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Community colleges saw a nearly 6% decline in enrollments this summer due to uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Community colleges were not the only institutions to face enrollment losses. Public four-year, rural institutions... Read More

Presidential Polling Suggests Narrowed Contest for Swing State
Opinion Polls
Presidential Polling Suggests Narrowed Contest for Swing State
September 3, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The presidential race between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is tightening in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, a new poll from Monmouth University shows, with Biden holding a 4-point lead over Trump in the key swing state. According to the report, 49%... Read More

Blumenthal Urges Congress to Pass Legislation Saving America’s Independent Event Venues
Entertainment
Blumenthal Urges Congress to Pass Legislation Saving America’s Independent Event Venues
September 1, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and leaders in Connecticut’s entertainment industry called on Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act, otherwise known as the SOS Act, which would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music and event operators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants... Read More

College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
Education
College Students Return to Campus Faced With Multiple Options and Fear
August 28, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce strains on key cornerstones of society, the education system in America is faced with its biggest challenge yet: students returning to the classroom. To find out more about how students are feeling as they return to college, The Well... Read More

Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
State News
Judge Strikes Down Florida Order Linking School Reopening to Funding
August 25, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida judge struck down a state order Monday that required "brick and mortar” schools in the state to be open five-days-a-week by the end of the month. Judge Charles Dodson of the Leon County Circuit Court ruled the order unconstitutional. Shortly after... Read More

Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
Education
Federal Judge Blocks DoEd Rule Favoring More CARES Act Funding for Private Schools
August 24, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

SEATTLE - A federal judge ruled last week in favor of Seattle Attorney General Bob Ferguson's request to block a Department of Education rule that required school districts to either share a larger percentage of federal funding with private schools or limit federal funding to certain... Read More

Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
State News
Kansas Latest State to Offer Online Food Purchases with EBT Card
August 20, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday, the Kansas Department of Children and Families announced the state will officially allow food stamp recipients to purchase food online using a Kansas Benefits Card, or EBT Card, at retailers Amazon and Walmart.  In a press release, Kansas DCF Secretary Laura Howard... Read More

Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
State News
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week
August 20, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible to receive the benefit check.  The... Read More

Midwest Derecho Decimates Iowan Homes and Farmlands, Creating Humanitarian Crisis
Natural Disasters
Midwest Derecho Decimates Iowan Homes and Farmlands, Creating Humanitarian Crisis
August 18, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

A week after a derecho ripped through their state, Iowans remain in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as they attempt to recover from the devastating wind storm. Nearly 47,000 residents remain without electrical power, over 8,200 Iowan homes were damaged, and a third of the... Read More

UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert
Arts
UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert
August 18, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on 500 separate elevated platforms spaced six feet apart to see UK rocker Sam Fender perform onstage. The success of the concert offers a newfound glimpse into... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
August 14, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions.  Since the start of the COVID-19... Read More

New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
Business
New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
August 11, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

In an effort to help companies bring workers safely back amid the pandemic, a new initiative called the COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons was announced in late July as a collaborative effort between Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the World Economic Forum, with support from... Read More

Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
Arts
Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds
August 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Despite renewed concerns over a summer resurgence of the coronavirus, nearly half of the world’s movie theaters are back in operation, according to new data from the United Kingdom’s Gower Street Analytics. Gower Street, a film tech company that provides analytics services to film distributors and... Read More

City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
Cities
City of Albany Sponsors Socially Distant Street Fairs All Summer
August 7, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

ALBANY, N.Y. – The city of Albany has initiated a traveling street fair for residents to socialize at a distance and to learn about local resources. The street fair, called Playstreets, was started last month and its next fair will take place on August 14.  Among... Read More

Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund
Arts
Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund
August 6, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The Homebound Project, a digital theater initiative created by a volunteer coalition of theater directors, producers, stage and screen actors, has raised over $100 thousand in its efforts to provide funds for No Kid Hungry, a national organization driven to help children living in hunger. The... Read More

Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
Education
Most K-12 Parents Don’t Want Full-Time In-Person Classes This Fall
August 4, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As schools across the country consider their learning options for the upcoming academic school year, a new Gallup poll says fewer parents favor full-time in-person instruction, suggesting a shift in parental preferences from late May.  At the end of the last school year in late May... Read More

Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
Local Elections
Texas AG Issues Guidance to Officials Who Sought to Push Local Election to 2021
August 3, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned officials who already postponed a local election once due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, they would be violating the law if they attempted to move the election again, this time to next year. Round Rock, Texas Mayor Craig Morgan... Read More

Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis
Arts
Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis
July 28, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector remains in a state of crisis as freelancers in the British theatre sector consider leaving the profession and theatres face the threat of permanent closures.  According... Read More

Cisneros Co-Sponsors Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Relief Bill
Business
Cisneros Co-Sponsors Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Relief Bill
July 21, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, Jr., D-Calif., is the co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill aimed at providing financial relief for independent, non-chain restaurants within the restaurant industry. The Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive Act of 2020, shortened as the RESTAURANTS... Read More

Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Want to See More Immigration, Not Less
July 17, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Results of a recent Gallup poll show 34% of Americans believe that there should be more immigration, rather than less, the highest in the poll’s 55-year history. Support for immigration is up from the 27% found in the same poll last year. As support favoring increased... Read More

Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
Arts
Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector
July 14, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation with The Well News. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, “the arts are essential,” she said.  “Now more than ever,” she added. Over the course of her career,... Read More

Outdoor Entertainment Returns to UK This Weekend
Entertainment
Outdoor Entertainment Returns to UK This Weekend
July 10, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

As governments and businesses across the U.S. continue to struggle with the question of when and how to resume outdoor sports and entertainment events, the United Kingdom is moving ahead with plans to restart this segment of its economy. If these efforts are successful, they could... Read More

College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
Employment
College Grads Face Uphill Employment Battle Even as Unemployment Rate Declines
July 6, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - June is always an anxious time for new graduates, but there’s never been a summer in memory as stark for new job seekers as this one. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, nearly 40 million have lost their jobs, and though the reopening... Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Environment
Bipartisan Coalition Requests Funding for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
June 29, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - A Coalition of Democratic and Republican House members have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to request Congressional funding to plug "orphan" oil and gas wells across the United States.  The letter was co-authored... Read More

Senate Democrats Want a Vote on Permanent Citizenship Solution for Dreamers
Immigration
Senate Democrats Want a Vote on Permanent Citizenship Solution for Dreamers
June 25, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Senate Democratic caucus has sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to bring the bipartisan American Dream and Promise Act, which grants citizenship to so-called dreamers and certain other classes of immigrants, to the Senate floor for a vote. The... Read More

US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
Trade
US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
June 22, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a disagreement concerning agricultural practices. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed the impasse during testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee last week. Lighthizer, who spent... Read More

Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
State News
Iowa State Fair Cancellation Silences Forum for Candidates Hoping to Connect With Voters
June 16, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

The cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus isn't just a blow to those who love carnival rides, live music, fried Twinkies and an almost unimaginable array of food items on a stick. It also removes... Read More

Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
June 11, 2020
by Sara Wilkerson

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, Americans have struggled to find information they believe they can trust on the rate of infection, the death rate and what they should be doing to protect themselves, a new Gallup/Knight Foundation poll found. The poll was... Read More

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