USA Today natl education & demographics writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21/15) gtoppo@usatoday.com

New report shows urban 'donut' shifting

usatoday.com — The long-standing urban-suburban divide in education, income, race and other characteristics is being turned on its head as college-educated Millennials crowd into U.S. cities, new research shows.

Fewer than half of teachers now covered by unions

usatoday.com — For the first time since the rise of teachers unions in the 1980s, the percentage of USA teachers represented by unions in public and private schools has fallen below 50%, suggesting that the demographics of the teaching profession and the shift away from traditional schools are taking a toll on union membership.

Children's author tackles environment

usatoday.com — Award-winning children's author Paul Fleischman is nothing if not eclectic. In a career that spans decades, he has written fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. His newest book, Eyes Wide Open, took shape after he began noticing dead bees in his California driveway.

Census: Florida's population overtakes New York's

usatoday.com — They are the Snowbirds Who Stayed in 2014. Florida has passed New York in population to claim the rank of the USA's No. 3 state, with almost 20 million residents, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. California remains the most populous state, followed by Texas.

4 questions to ask yourself before transferring schools

college.usatoday.com — Most high school students devote a great deal of time to the college selection process. But what do you do if your perfect school no longer feels like the correct fit after a semester or a year? A natural reaction - and occasionally a wise option - is to transfer elsewhere.

Thanksgiving brings reprieve in Ferguson protests

usatoday.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - After days of turmoil, Ferguson found a semblance of normalcy on Thanksgiving Day, a reprieve after days of violence and protests that unsettled this town. Hundreds of protesters had gathered late Wednesday for a third straight night outside the Ferguson Police Department following the announcement that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Grand jury charges are easy, except against police

usatoday.com — New York state judge Sol Wachtler once famously remarked it's so easy to get a grand jury to indict, they'd indict a ham sandwich if that's what the prosecutor wanted. Except when it comes to police officers. A grand jury proved that Monday when it declined to charge a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black youth.

Nation reacts to Ferguson grand jury decision

ksdk.com — Protests erupted across the nation Monday night, shortly after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. Demonstrators reacted in several cities, where police were braced for raucous protests, but they reported initially that gatherings were mostly peaceful.

Pope says annulments should be cheaper and easier

cruxnow.com — ROME - Pope Francis on Wednesday called for speeding up the process for granting annulments, a ruling from a Church court that allows a Catholic whose marriage

I’m upset that my parish priest refused to allow more than one person give remarks at my father’s funeral

cruxnow.com — The Catholic funeral Mass is not intended to be a "celebration" of a person's life, marked by a parade of make-you-laugh, make-you-cry intimate stories. But there is a loophole.
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Mar 28, 2015

RT @NPRFood: Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos n.pr/1CYEKzt

Mar 27, 2015

RT @deantak: The joy of specs: Sony’s $840 augmented-reality glasses are now on sale in 10 countries venturebeat.com/2015/03/27/the… via @VentureBeat

Mar 25, 2015

RT @Empathetics: .@globalkids is looking for a new associate director for its Online Leadership Program: is.gd/wQFlYm Fantastic org, great opp.

Mar 25, 2015

Thanks -- I'm looking forward to YOURS! RT @nikhilgoya_l: @gtoppo congrats on your upcoming book launch! looking forward to reading.

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