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Education and Poverty News

The Rushville Republican, January 21, 2014: (Op-Ed) Education is the key to the problem of income inequality

“According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. There’s a movement afoot by a few who want to double that minimum to $15 hour.”

The Watertown Daily Times, January 21, 2014: Poverty rates released for upstate school districts

“The portion of St. Lawrence County school-age students living below the federal poverty level ranges from a low of 16 percent in the Canton Central School District to a high of 36 percent at Hermon-DeKalb Central, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.”

The Mansfield News Journal, January 20, 2014: Number of school vouchers expand faster than demand

“The state offers 60,000 vouchers for children in struggling public schools each year, and fewer than one-third were used this school year. In June, as part of the state budget bill, the Legislature created 2,000 vouchers for low-income kindergartners across the state. Slightly more than half of those were claimed.”

The New York Times, January 18, 2014: (Op-Ed) What Happens When the Poor Receive a Stipend?

“Growing up poor has long been associated with reduced educational attainment and lower lifetime earnings. Some evidence also suggests a higher risk of depression, substance abuse and other diseases in adulthood. Even for those who manage to overcome humble beginnings, early-life poverty may leave a lasting mark, accelerating aging and increasing the risk of degenerative disease in adulthood.”

The Aberdeen News, January 10, 2014: (Op-Ed) School lunch statistic reveals hidden truth

“A rather startling calculation came recently via the Sioux Falls School District: Almost half of the students in the city’s schools qualify for free or reduced lunches. That means almost every other student in class lives in a family poor enough to qualify for financial assistance from the federal school lunch program.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal, January 08, 2014: 'People's State of the State' urges action on school aid, hunger, income disparity

“Advocacy groups held the 24th annual People’s State of the State on Tuesday, pushing for an end to income inequality, more money for schools and aid to lower homelessness.”

The Boston Globe, December 26, 2013: Homeless teens battle odds to stay in school

“Students like Helberg who are 18 and over straddle a gray category in the state's financial assistance program. Unlike homeless families that can turn to the state for a hotel room or a subsidized apartment, there are no funds or state agencies set up for older students who are homeless and still in high school.”

The Sentinel-Standard, December 26, 2013: Kids Count Report: Ionia County child poverty rate escalates

“More Ionia County kids are growing up in families struggling to make ends meet, according to the 2013 Kids Count in Michigan report, which offers clear steps to a brighter future for those children.”

Newsday, December 23, 2013: Suffolk to reduce parent fees in its child care program (Subscription Required)

“Suffolk's Department of Social Services is reducing the amount some 300 low-income parents have to pay out-of-pocket for child care coverage, because of an increase in state funding.”

The San Francisco Chronicle, December 23, 2013: NY lawmakers want action on child care subsidies

“According to the report, state law authorizes local social service districts to fund child care for families with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, for example, $39,060 for a family of three. Subsidies are also mandated for working families on welfare, with a one-year transitional benefit.”

The Boston Herald, December 22, 2013: (Op-Ed) Homelessness a crisis in schools

“Boston Public Schools are facing significant challenges — many of which, including turnaround schools, busing costs, and deteriorating buildings, are well known. Yet increasingly, school leaders are counting higher percentages of homeless children among their student body. It’s an issue that’s largely been kept quiet, but one that puts our city’s children and education system at significant risk. To continue to ignore the problem simply because there’s not an easy solution is unacceptable.”

The Orange County Register, December 22, 2013: Homeless students struggle to keep up

“It's a challenge that's ratcheting up pressure on educators who struggle to aid students who have fallen years behind their classmates after a lifetime of bouncing between hotels, shelters and cramped multi-family apartments.”

The Detroit Free Press, December 19, 2013: $52M federal grant will benefit education of 182,000 low-income Michigan children

“Michigan has about 182,000 children ages 3 to kindergarten from low-income families who will benefit from the federal grant, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said.”

The Battle Creek Enquirer, December 19, 2013: (Editorial) Editorial: Kids Count data on poverty should prompt policy response

“If we want to reduce the number of children living in poverty, we need to begin making different choices. If the Kids Count data released on Monday tells us anything, it may be that we’re not even having the right conversations.”

Newsday, December 18, 2013: Charity offers at-home parenting help for at-risk East End families

“A Southold charity is recruiting families for an in-home teaching program for impoverished parents with young children.”

The Cumberland Times-News, December 18, 2013: Homeless student population rises in Maryland

“Jones is one of thousands of students in Maryland who have experienced homelessness. The number of K-12 students identifying as homeless in U.S. public schools hit a record high 1.2 million during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”

The Daily Press, December 18, 2013: More local children living in poverty

“More children in Delta, Schoolcraft, and Menominee counties are growing up in families who are struggling to make ends meet, according to new figures released Tuesday through the 2013 Kids Count in Michigan report.”

The Washington Post, December 16, 2013: Options D.C. charter school’s Medicaid billing is at center of investigation

“Federal investigators are looking into whether former leaders of the District’s Options Public Charter School committed Medicaid fraud by, among other things, exaggerating the needs of its disabled students and paying students with gift cards to ride school buses, according to several people familiar with the criminal investigation.”

The Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2013: (Editorial) Making California's new school funding formula work

“The state's new formula for funding schools is a tremendous gift for districts that enroll large numbers of disadvantaged students. But it's not quite the giveaway some of them had expected.”

The Detroit News, December 16, 2013: Wayne State's new first lady tackles homelessness

“Wilson, who married WSU President M. Roy Wilson on Dec. 7, couldn’t believe it. Soon after, she decided to find ways to ease the challenges homeless students face so they could get their degrees and turn their lives around. With the support of her husband and others, Jacqueline Wilson intends to champion the cause of homelessness on campus and in Detroit as Wayne State’s first lady.”

The New Haven Register, December 15, 2013: Connecticut’s invisible homeless are youths

“But schools rely heavily on self-reporting to count homeless students, and unaccompanied homeless teens, like Kemp, often evade the same authorities who would count and connect them with services.”

The Gazette-Times, December 13, 2013: Ore. district among highest for student poverty

“A school district on Oregon's south coast has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the United States, a U.S. Census report says.”

The Gazette-Times, December 13, 2013: Ore. district among highest for student poverty

“Oregon State Board of Education members said Thursday they want to look at phasing in a new way to calculate the number of students living in poverty, because of concerns raised about how it would affect school budgets.”

USA Today, December 10, 2013: (Op-Ed) A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.

“The second study, conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, reveals that poverty — not race, ethnicity, national origin or where you attend school — is the best predictor of college attendance and completion.”

CNN, December 10, 2013: Homeless college students seek shelter during breaks

“They may have dorm rooms to sleep in during the school year, but many college students are technically homeless -- with no place to call home when classes aren't in session.”