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The Washington Post, July 15, 2014: Montgomery schools may explore boundary changes to address achievement gap

“Montgomery schools have experienced a major demographic shift over the past decade. Forty nine percent of students are black or Hispanic. More than a third of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Most minority and low-income students live and attend school in the eastern part of the county, and their schools for the most part have the lowest test scores.”

The Washington Post, July 07, 2014: Obama administration wants better teachers for nation’s poor schools

“The Obama administration is ordering states to devise strategies to get better teachers into high-poverty classrooms, correcting a national imbalance in which students who need the most help are often taught by the weakest educators.”

The Huffington Post, July 02, 2014: Hunger Groups Get Creative While U.S. Schools Out For Summer

“Hunger relief workers are getting creative at keeping small bellies full when U.S. schools - along with their free or reduced-price meals - close for summer.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 25, 2014: Pediatric group promotes reading aloud to children

“On average, 48 percent of parents nationwide reported reading to their children every day, according to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children's Health. Among families living below the poverty line, only 34 percent read to their children daily. Higher-income families, who earned at least 400 percent of the federal poverty threshold, did somewhat better: Sixty percent read daily to their youngsters.”

The New York Times, June 24, 2014: (Editorial) Tying Federal Aid to College Ratings

“The report finds pronounced differences between colleges that energetically recruit low-income and working-class students -- able kids eligible for the federal Pell grant program -- and those that do not.”

The Washington Times, June 24, 2014: Kids in need edged out in Head Start program in the U.S. Virgin Islands

“Some of the neediest children in the U.S. Virgin Islands are not being put at the top of the list to qualify for the territory’s Head Start program, a new report said.”

The Times Record, June 24, 2014: As Program Expands, More U.S. Students To Eat For Free At School

“Thousands more students could be eating school lunch completely free starting next fall, thanks to a 4-year-old federal program that is finally expanding to all 50 states.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal, June 24, 2014: USDA official: Districtwide free lunch works elsewhere

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture's head of nutrition programs says a program that offers free lunch to students throughout entire schools or districts that could be coming soon to Topeka has worked well in other school districts with large percentages of low-income students.”

The Herald-Dispatch, June 15, 2014: Board to vote on free meals in Wayne schools

“The board will vote on whether to approve the Community Eligibility Provision for all Wayne County Schools. The CEP is for schools with high percentages of low-income children. It's intent is to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.”

The Orange Leader, June 14, 2014: Orange County sees rise in homeless students

“Orange County has 301 students classified as ‘homeless,’ according to the McKinney-Vento Act. The percentage of economically disadvantaged students is more difficult to calculate because of the perception among older, high school students that their peers will discover they qualify for free or reduced lunches.”

The Business First of Buffalo, June 13, 2014: $tudent achievement

“Randolph's elementary, middle and high schools have risen each of the last two years in Business First's annual rankings, which are based on state test scores. The district as a whole rose from 74th to 59th in the 2013 rankings, and up to 50th this year. What hasn't risen is prosperity in the district. Nearly half of Randolph's students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch - a metric that indicates poverty - and the district is the 12th poorest of 98 in Western New York, according to Business First data. The median household income in the district is $45,519.”

The Tucson Sentinel, June 12, 2014: Az summer lunch program reaching less than 15% of eligible kids

“Arizona’s Summer Food Service Program served 1.1 million meals to children in low-income areas of the state last year, but still reached only a fraction of kids targeted for the program.”

The Detroit News, June 10, 2014: DPS blames technical difficulties after failing to apply for $4M in Head Start funds

“Detroit Public Schools cited ‘technical difficulties’ for failing to apply for Head Start funding for the fall, leaving the teachers union crying foul over the loss of the federal grant that serves low-income preschoolers.”

The Springfield News-Leader, June 05, 2014: (Op-Ed) Education is Springfield’s way out of poverty

“Currently, more than 46,000 Springfieldians live in poverty. Research shows that higher poverty rates are associated with a variety of social problems, including crime, substance abuse, domestic violence, hunger, hopelessness and apathy — all issues with which our community struggles. Research also shows higher levels of education and technical skills are linked with higher incomes, which help pull families out of poverty.”

The Boston Globe, June 04, 2014: United Way to award $34 million to local nonprofits

“The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley will award just over $34 million over the next year to support local nonprofits that help students prepare for school, work to lower high school dropout rates, and provide job-training and other aid to low-income families.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, June 03, 2014: Program to provide meals to low-income GA children

“State officials say free meals will be available to eligible children throughout the state over the summer.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, June 03, 2014: Indiana preschool program won’t start this year

“Republican Gov. Mike Pence had touted the plan to pay for low-income children to attend early childhood programs as a top accomplishment of the 2014 legislative session. The bill approved by legislators called for the state Family and Social Services Administration to pick five counties around the state for a pilot program.”

The Orlando Sentinel, June 03, 2013: Osceola puts summer books in all its young students' hands

“The hope is that with books of their own to take home, Osceola students — more than 70 percent of whom live in low-income families — will have no barriers to reading once school is out.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican, June 02, 2014: Summer program provides free meals for children

“This summer, however, her school also is one of about 20 sites within the city that will offer free meals to students through Santa Fe Public Schools’ Summer Food Service Program.”

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 30, 2014: Feds roll out school meal program

“More Allen County students could receive free meals next school year through a nationwide program designed to help children in high-poverty areas.”

The Fresno Bee, May 30, 2014: (Op-Ed) Summer programs prove vital

“Summer learning loss happens when students spend summer vacation idly. Studies have shown that this is disproportionately common among low-income students versus their middle-income peers. Compared with their middle-income peers, low-income students often don't have opportunities to be exposed to educational and enrichment experiences, such as summer camp, family vacations, sports leagues and access to books at home.”

The Star Tribune, May 29, 2014: (Editorial) Open more doors for Minnesota's low-income college students

“About 100,000 low- and middle-income Minnesota college students will see a one-time, $295-per-student boost in the living-expenses allowance the State Grant Program awards next year, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education announced last week. So why the worried looks among some of that program’s strongest advocates as the Legislature adjourned for the year?”

Huffington Post, May 20, 2014: (Op-Ed) Escape From Poverty for a Few More Students Is Not a Worthy National Goal

“Unfortunately, there is a glaring omission in most of the debate and reporting about the relationship between improving education and poverty. Ironically, the missing piece is a key outcome goal in new standards: Use evidence to support logical arguments.”

CNN, March 31, 2014: 260,000 graduates in minimum wage jobs

“About 260,000 people who had a college or professional degree made at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

The Washington Times, March 28, 2014: Arizona House OKs revised $9.23B state budget

“A deal on a state budget in hand after days of wrangling between Republican factions, the Arizona House on Thursday evening adopted a $9.24 billion state budget that made changes to a plan passed by the Senate.”