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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.”

The McAlester News Capital, March 28, 2014: Many of state’s lowest-performing students are not improving

“In public schools where at least three-fourths of students were from low-income families, about half of test-takers made no significant improvement over the previous year, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of state test results in spring 2013.”

The Idaho Statesman, March 24, 2014: Boise's Mobile Rec has been a hit in low-income neighborhoods

“The same is true at other schools around Boise where the city's Department of Parks and Recreation sends its two Mobile Rec vans and crews to play games, hand out snacks and lead art activities. The program is reserved for schools where at least half the students receive federally subsidized lunches because they are in low-income families.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 23, 2014: Task force targets educational needs of homeless youngsters in Pa.

“A task force charged with studying the educational needs of homeless youth in Pennsylvania has issued a report that includes establishing a statewide advisory council as one of 13 recommendations on how to best serve homeless students.”

The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2014: U.S. Education secretary praises L.A. program

“The program is a collaboration of Los Angeles public and private partners led by the Youth Policy Institute, which received a $30-million federal grant in 2012 to launch the initiative in the high-poverty neighborhoods of East Hollywood and Pacoima.”

Newsday, March 16, 2014: Homeless schoolchildren numbers soar as federal funds decline

“The number of homeless schoolchildren has quadrupled in Nassau County and more than doubled in Suffolk since the recession first hit -- even as federal funding for homeless student programs has decreased.”

The Tampa Tribune, March 12, 2014: Early learning center plan gaining steam

“Named for a former school board member who died in 2011, the center will provide day care and educational programs to children between the ages of 1 and 5 living in poverty.”

The Salinas Californian, March 10, 2014: California in line for $334M for pre-kindergarten

“President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes a big-ticket expense: $75 billion over the next 10 years to help states provide free pre-kindergarten education to millions of low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds.”

The Virginian-Pilot, March 06, 2014: Dems: Medicaid expansion means money for schools

“Amid the name-calling and blame-mongering, a group of liberal Democratic lawmakers unveiled an analysis breaking down how much additional money could be freed up for local school divisions if Virginia takes the available federal money to expand the Medicaid program. According to the Virginia Progressive Caucus, expansion would result in $285 million in savings over the next two years that could be used for other state services.”

The Deseret News, March 05, 2014: Committee OKs bill to fight intergenerational poverty with after-school programs

“Students from low-income households often struggle to compete academically with their peers. They become frustrated, drop out of school and go on to face difficulties related to criminal activity, drugs, health care and employment. In time, they become the parents of a new generation of students from low-income households.”

The Capital Times, March 03, 2014: Madison School Board president says achievement gap is about more than poverty

“School Board president Ed Hughes says that the Madison Metropolitan School District remains focused on a race-based academic achievement gap that has plagued it for decades, and it is about more than families living in poverty.”

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle, February 27, 2014: Costs of busing homeless students on the rise in Attleboro area schools

“Homelessness isn't just taking a toll on families locally, it's also placing an increasing burden on local schools.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 24, 2014: Crossfire over plans to expand private-school-tuition tax credit program

“Student scholarship organizations are marshaling their forces behind dueling plans to expand a controversial private school tuition tax credit program.”

The Columbus Dispatch, February 20, 2014: Coleman puts emphasis on jobs in State of City

“Using his record 15th State of the City address to stump for ideas to improve Columbus, Mayor Michael B. Coleman pledged yesterday to raise more people out of poverty and spend millions for more preschool education.”

The Jefferson Post, February 20, 2014: (Op-Ed) Trapped by poverty and underfunded schools

“Supporters of privatizing public education with a voucher program say that parents need vouchers to give them more educational choices because many low income students are ‘trapped in failing public schools.’”

The San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2014: Senate panel votes to study preschool vouchers

“House Republicans drafted the measure that would have provided vouchers for preschool-aged children to attend school in a limited number of counties. Families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level would qualify for up to $6,800 to attend public, private or parochial preschools.”

The Star Press, February 19, 2014: (Op-Ed) County does disservice to low-income students

“Why do we play hot potato with students from low-income families? Rutherford County Board of Education officials told us one of the main reasons to convert Central Middle to Central Magnet for high achievers was because the former middle school had a high percentage of children who came from families with low enough incomes to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.”

The Orlando Sentinel, February 15, 2014: Students in voucher schools could face state testing

“Weatherford wants to expand Florida's nationally watched Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship program, which awards $229 million in school vouchers to more than 60,000 low-income students and provides the companies funding the program with income-tax credits.”

The National Journal, February 10, 2014: Rubio: Here's How to Make College Affordable

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced a proposal Monday that he said would increase access to higher education and offer students the opportunity to finance an education without taking on debt.”

Townhall, February 10, 2014: Rubio: The ‘Right’ Education is Now a ‘Necessity for Nearly Everyone’

“The U.S. higher education system must be reformed to better prepare students for jobs in a 21st century market economy. Unfortunately, the price of admission to many of the country’s traditional, four-year universities is too high; today U.S. students are collectively more than $1 trillion in debt.”

The Washington Post, February 09, 2014: (Op-Ed) Preschool is important, but it’s more important for poor children

“But an unbounded entitlement would not reduce children’s early gaps in learning. It could even exacerbate disparities. The issue is how, not whether, to invest more in preschool, mindfully preventing learning disparities before they emerge. Poor youngsters enter kindergarten already four to six months behind their middle-class peers in oral language and preliteracy skills.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31, 2014: N.J. better than Pa. in feeding children breakfast

“New Jersey has shown marked increases in getting low-income children to eat breakfast in school, while Pennsylvania has demonstrated slow improvement in serving the meals.”

The New York Times, January 26, 2014: Lessons for de Blasio in New Jersey’s Free Pre-K

“Officials across the country, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, are looking to efforts like those in New Jersey as they seek to broaden access to free, full-day prekindergarten. President Obama embraced the policy last year, and politicians in several states, including Maryland, Texas and Washington, are considering ambitious expansions.”

The New York Times, January 21, 2014: Pre-K Plan Puts Cuomo at Odds With de Blasio on Funding

“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a budget plan containing a glittering prize for Mayor Bill de Blasio: money for the prekindergarten classes that he had made a centerpiece of his insurgent bid for mayor.”