Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • 1. Paul Ryan is Peacin' Out ✌️

  • Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, choosing instead to retire in January. Ryan says the main reason he is stepping down is to spend more time with his family. In a press conference, he stated, "I have accomplished much of what I came here to do, and my kids aren't getting any younger."

  • This doesn't mean that Ryan is out of office forever. In fact, if he has hopes for higher office, getting out of the spotlight now is a good strategic choice according to NPR.

  • Something to chew on the next time your kid wants to hang out with his friends instead of you...

  • During the press conference, Ryan also said, "Now all three of our kids are teenagers, and one thing I've learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all of their time with their parents."

  • You know what, Paul? We can relate. Seth Saunders recommends a bunch of tried-and-true ways to connect with your teen in this article. Our favorite? Following your kid's lead. Whether he's into Pokemon Go or kayaking, learn how to do the activity so you can connect and participate in something he's interested in.


  • 2. Any Dream Will Do... Except In-State Tuition

  • On Monday, Arizona's Supreme Court told DACA recipients, also called DREAMers, to say goodbye, this could triple the cost of tuition for many of those attending or hoping to attend university. DACA recipients who attended and graduated from an Arizona high school for at least three years will possibly be eligible for 150% of the resident undergrad tuition, but it's estimated community college students who currently pay $2,580 will now pay $8,900 per year.

  • The court said it plans to write an opinion explaining the reasoning for the 7-0 ruling by May 14.

  • Something to chew when your child belts, "I've Got a Dream" all day...

  • What do you think?

  • There are always two sides to every story. Explain both sides of the DACA decision, and ask your child:

  • • What would you do if you were making this decision?

  • • Why do you think each side thinks what they are doing is best?

  • Supporters of the ruling:

  • • Support a proposition passed in 2006 that denied in-state tuition rates to students without "legal status."

  • • Want to make sure programs for legal residents supported by taxpayers still work out.

  • • Believe legal resident students will eventually pay the difference in tuition price back after graduating and paying in higher income tax brackets.

  • Opposers of the ruling:

  • • Point out DACA recipients can't access federal or state financial aid.

  • • Many DACA recipients pay taxes and should be eligible for in-state benefits.

  • • In-state tuition is what made it possible for many of the more than 2,000 DREAMers already in college to attend.


  • 3. Daily Data

  • Source: Pew Research


  • 4. What's trending

  • Seth Meyers and his wife have a new baby boy - who was born in the lobby of their New York apartment building. Meyers said that in the course of a minute, he told the 911 operator: "We're about to have a baby, we're having a baby, we had a baby." We just hope this doesn't make for some awkward interactions with neighbors in the future...


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