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Poor Children

Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

Kids lose their future to poverty

Marc Joseph | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Now that one school year is over and we are preparing for the next, June is a month of reflection for educators and parents on how to do better next school year.

"News"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mona R. Washington

"News" Cast: Typhoon Haiyan, Western Television News Anchor, Philippine People, Young Philippine Children, and...

Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

The Southerland amendment would have incentivized states to deny SNAP benefits to needy individuals and families by allowing the states to keep half the savings resulting from decreased SNAP payments, even though the federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits.

Number Of Children Living In Poverty Grows

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their n...

Why Johnny (and Jenny) Can't Read

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

This national crisis needs to be addressed. But how? We hold to the false belief that mastery of the alphabet (Really? Just knowing the names of those 26 squiggles?!?) and a singular focus on vocabulary will reverse Johnny's plight. Yet the research says it isn't so.

There's Right Wing Extremism, and Then There's Just Being Cruel

Sean Soendker Nicholson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Sean Soendker Nicholson

Instead of focusing on ways to improve the local economy and help lift thousands of his constituents out of poverty, Steve Cookson is focused on mean-spirited ideas that punish poor kids for being poor.

Black, Poor Children Twice As Likely To Do This Than White Peers: Study

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2013 | Black Voices

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Black children and teens in the United States are almost twice as likely as their white peers to consume more than 500 calories a...

Controversial New Child Care Attendance System Examined In Mississippi

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi parents will have to scan their fingerprints every time the...

The Congressional Deficit

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Congress in 2011 mostly ignored the 16.1 million poor children and the 7.3 million extremely poor children in need. We cannot leave millions of children without hope or a vision of a future worth striving for in our materially powerful but spiritually poor nation.

A Story of Class & Morality

Jane Devin | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home
Jane Devin

A middle-class that continues to perpetuate certain myths and myopic judgments -- that finds it easier to turn against themselves and poorer others rather than rationally examine the entire picture, is only hurting themselves more.

Lessons From The Girl At The Playground With No Shoes

Kara Gebhart Uhl | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Kara Gebhart Uhl

I looked down at her bare feet, caked with dirt, bits of long-ago red polish on her toenails. Her plaid green skort and halter top were soiled and stained--and not the kind of dirty that clothes get after a hard day's play.

Saki Knafo

The New Hotel Homeless

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business

Melissa was always on the move, wandering in and out of people's rooms, going from pool to basketball court and back to pool, climbing up the big tree...

Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

I believe this is an Amber Alert time for millions of our nation's poor children and that everyone needs to be on the lookout for the children, to ensure the children's health, safety and education, and to see that justice is done.

Medicaid: Help in Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Medicaid is vital -- it provides hundreds of millions of children who are poor or have disabilities with comprehensive health coverage enabling them to become productive, taxpaying members of society.

Who Will Feed the Children?

Renee Parsons | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Since Ted Kennedy's passing, not one member of Congress out of 525 has stepped up to champion poor children -- not one bleeding heart liberal, not one self-proclaimed Christian has come forward to be the voice for homeless and hungry children.

What Congress -- And All of Us -- Could Learn From Tim

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Too many of those playing a partisan game of chicken are turning a deaf ear and cold eye to child suffering. It is time to let them hear from us with our voices and votes.

Protect The Children

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Nobody loves like children. They don't come to earth with the ability to hate; they learn that. They aren't born with prejudice and fear; they learn that. They often continue to love through rejection, humiliation and abuse.

Folsom Prison Inmates Pack School Supplies For Needy Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Behind bars at California's Folsom Prison, inmates are giving back to local communities by packing donated school supplies for children. One inmate, ...

A State of Emergency: We Need to Address Rising Poverty Now

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Calling for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the top two percent of earners while one-quarter of our children are poor is morally and economically wrong.

UNICEF Refocuses On Poorest Of Poor Children

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. children's agency says it has failed to reach millions of the world's neediest boys and girls in slums and remote coun...

Education Reform: America's Third Rail

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Charter schools are seen as a universal panacea that involves no one giving up anything and no elected official having to ever really lead on the issue, far less take any political risk.