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Witness List for Sotomayor Hearing Announced

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 09, 2009 at 06:45 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center 

The witness list for the confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been announced. Remember the hearing begins Monday, July 13, at 10 a.m. Check back here for updates throughout the week!

American Bar Association Witnesses

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Wal-Mart Endorses Employer Mandate Requirement

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 09, 2009 at 05:57 pm

by Katie Chanpong, Health Care Policy Intern, 
National Women’s Law Center 

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School's Out for Summer (Unfortunately)

Posted by NWLC, Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2009 at 07:07 pm

by Amalia Reiss, Intern, 
National Women's Law Center

On Thursday, July 2nd, the New York Times published a story entitled “Facing Deficits, Some States Cut Summer School.”  While young students might initially be enthusiastic about the prospect of avoiding school during the summer, these cuts ultimately have negative consequences for communities, families, and the students themselves.

Because of the economic recession and related state budget deficits, states are now drastically reducing or even completely eliminating summer school programs. Despite Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s urging for states to use some of the $100 billion of economic stimulus funds given to public education to keep schools open over the summer, nearly every school district in Florida has cut or eliminated programs, Los Angeles cuts of $34 million have left around 150,000 students bereft of summer school, and about three-quarters of North Carolina school districts are on track to reduce or eliminate their summer school programs.

Low-income students are most likely to be affected by these cuts, because other engaging, educational summer activities are often difficult to find at home or in their communities. In a study released in the spring of 2007, Johns Hopkins sociologists Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle and Linda Steffel Olson found that an overwhelming two-thirds of the achievement gap between high- and low-income children can be traced back to disparate summer learning opportunities beginning as early as elementary school. This summer learning gap affects achievement in high school, college, and beyond. 

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NWLC in the News

Posted by Mary Robbins, Program Associate | Posted on: July 08, 2009 at 06:00 pm

by Mary Robbins, Program Associate, 
National Women's Law Center

Time Magazine, July 8, 2009
Could Abortion Coverage Sink Health-Care Reform?

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Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing to Begin Monday, July 13

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 08, 2009 at 05:00 pm

by Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel,
National Women's Law Center 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the confirmation hearing for the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. EST. The hearing will be held in room 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Judge Sotomayor will be introduced by her home state Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both of New York.

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The Thinking Woman's Guide to the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Posted by | Posted on: July 07, 2009 at 02:54 pm

by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, 
National Women's Law Center 

As unabashed judicial junkies, we are eagerly awaiting next week’s Judiciary Committee nomination hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court.   

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Urgent - Protect Reproductive Health Care in Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: July 06, 2009 at 06:00 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights 
National Women’s Law Center 

The time has come in our fight for health care reform when women and their reproductive health care are being written out of health care reform legislation. This is unacceptable and your help is urgently needed.

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