Finance & Economy

Rollicking Conversations

Hi. Cheryl Corley, here ... sitting in for Michel.

First a request. This month is women's history month and we profiled the words of a few women who've been on Tell Me More in the past: actress Rita Moreno, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Let us know who you'd like to hear from this month.

We had a rollicking conversation with some of the women we've come to depend on for their savvy advice. Our "moms" showed up to talk about how to motivate kids to stay in school. The dropout rate for high schoolers, particularly in many communities of color, is startling — by some accounts, 10 percent for African-Americans, and more than 20 percent for Latinos. Our moms offered tough love, as well of words of encouragement. And of course, we talked about money, how can you not when it comes to kids and motivation? But should money be used to encourage children when it comes to school? Our moms had their say.

The financial state of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (or HBCUs) continues to look grim. That's what we learned during an update on the financial health of HBCUs. Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum has had to cut staff and restructure programs to make ends meet. University of Pennsylvania Professor Marybeth Gasman, who tracks HCBUs, says the tough situation for Spelman, a reknowned women's college, is even more dire for other universities — in light of lower enrollment, falling endowment revenue and donor gifts.

Money Coach Alvin Hall also joined us to talk about the cost of health care and what we might expect from the reforms being offered by the Obama Administration.

Plus, the latest on the push for residents of Washington DC to have a voting representative in the U.S. House. Maybe some day, DC residents will be able to change the motto on their license plates from "taxation without representation" Our guests suggest that might be a battle though that may be played out in the Supreme Court.

All for now,



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