The Reporter Remix: State of the Union (and State) edition

Reflecting on Tuesday’s State of the Union address, this week’s Reporter Remix looks at some of the biggest issues in President Obama’s speech:

Help wanted: Obama calls on CEOs to take on long-term jobless
MJ Lee of Politico forecasts President Obama’s meeting with leaders of major companies to encourage them to hire the long-term jobless as part of his initiative to fight unemployment. Meanwhile, the Illinois unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation at 8.6 percent.

Hispanics often lead the way in their faith in the American Dream, poll finds
In lieu of immigration reform’s reemergence in Congress, a new survey finds American Hispanics harbor much higher optimism for the American dream than white Americans and African Americans.

Early childhood education: Lots of talk, but not much action (yet)
Education may have been one of the most tweeted State of the Union buzzwords but a new report from the New America Foundation, outlined in the Atlantic, emphasizes the dismal state of early education: Child poverty rates are at the highest they’ve been in 20 years, nearly half of all public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch and most harrowing of all, impoverished children under-perform their peers by 10 percentage points on standardized testing.

What Black History Month should be
February is Black History Month and Theodore Johnson reminds us in the Huffington Post it should more than just a recount of history.

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