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  • CNN Money, November 20, 2014: Part-time jobs put millions in poverty or close to it
    "Seven million Americans are stuck in part-time jobs. They are unable to get full-time work and the benefits and stability that come with it. It's a constant struggle for these families and a worrying sign for America's recovery. Overall U.S. unemployment has fallen steeply in the past year (from 7.2% in October 2013 to 5.8% in October 2014), but too many people can only find part-time positions. The number of people working part-time involuntarily is more than 50% higher than when the recession began."
  • The Anniston Star, November 20, 2014: (Editorial) Poverty in our midst
    "Each year, Voices for Alabama’s Children releases its Kids Count Data Book, which amounts to an encyclopedia on the wellbeing of our youngest residents. Each year, we’re disappointed. This year is no different. Granted, the 2014 book published this week contains bright spots. The state’s infant-mortality rate has slightly decreased. Births to unmarried teens aged 10 to 19 have declined significantly since 2002. For girls aged 15 to 17, unmarried births have declined 40 percent. Proficiency in reading for Alabama fourth-graders has trended northward in recent years. And 4 out of 5 Alabama students now graduate high school."
  • Diverse Higher Education, November 20, 2014: Advocates Want Public Benefits for Low-Income Students on Table
    "When it comes to advocating for greater reliance on public benefits for low-income individuals, the idea is already a tough political sell among anti-entitlement elected officials and segments of the electorate that view the benefits as handouts. But what if those public benefits were being extended to community college students as a way to boost their chances of earning a credential?"
  • The Courier-Journal, November 20, 2014: Minority, low-income college grad rates lag
    "Kentucky is lagging in its efforts to increase graduation rates among poor, minority and under-prepared college students, according to the Council on Postsecondary Education's latest accountability report. The annual report, to be discussed by the council at a meeting Friday, showed a six-year graduation rate of 49 percent among bachelor's degree-seeking students in 2012-13, the latest data available."
  • KPCC, November 20, 2014: Federal funds reauthorized to provide child care for low-income families
    "More federal funds are in the pipeline to help low-income families following President Obama's signing of the Child Care Development Block Grant reauthorization on Wednesday. The $5.3 billion program funded child care for about 1.5 million children last year. Child care agencies and organizations that receive grants out of the appropriation also provide training, professional development and quality-improvement services to those in the field."
  • Salon, November 19, 2014: Senate votes to help low-income families pay for childcare, but more action is needed
    "The Senate voted this week to reauthorize a federal childcare subsidy program that hasn’t been updated in two decades, proof that the Senate can sometimes do things that are moderately OK things to do. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program allocates $5.3 billion in funds each year so that states can subsidize and improve childcare for low-income families. Among some of the changes made in the reauthorization bill, the version heading to President Obama’s desk allows children to remain in the program for a full year, creating a more reliable system than the one currently in place."
  • Lansing State Journal, November 19, 2014: Digital bus to serve Lansing's low-income population
    "A souped-up bus will bring 3-D printing, robotics and digital design instruction to Lansing's low-income areas as early as next summer. By August 2015, the Techtransport bus is expected to bring the nonprofit Information Technology Empowerment Center's classes to local communities whose residents can't afford Internet service. ITEC showed off the donated bus at a gathering Tuesday at the Foster Community Center."
  • The DCist, November 19, 2014: Gray Vetoes Bill That Provides Meals For Low-Income Students On Winter Days Over Safety, Funding Concerns
    "A bill that would provide meals for low-income students on days schools are shut down over winter weather was vetoed by Mayor Vincent Gray over concerns about funding and endangering children, leaving one Councilmember who created the legislation 'baffled.'"
  • The Atlantic, November 18, 2014: Millions of Low-Income Kids Are Missing Their Checkups
    "Millions of low-income children are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report. The report, released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), says the administration has boosted rates of participation but needs to do more to ensure that children get the regular wellness exams, dental checkups and vision and hearing tests."
  • Chalkbeat Colorado, November 18, 2014: Report: Path to top colleges for low-income kids is smoother in affluent districts
    "Low-income students in some of Colorado’s more affluent school districts—Boulder, Cherry Creek, and St. Vrain Valley—are more likely to attend top colleges than their peers around the state. But across the state, and even in those districts, less well-off students attend elite schools at a lower rate than more affluent students."
  • Rutgers Today, November 18, 2014: Three-Quarters of Frequent Hospital Users in 13 Low-Income New Jersey Communities Have Behavioral Health Conditions
    "More than a third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income New Jersey communities are associated with behavioral health conditions, including mental health disorders and substance use, accounting for $880 million in annual inpatient costs, according to a new Rutgers study."
  • The New York Times, November 17, 2014: F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools
    "With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connections."
  • Arizona Public Media, November 17, 2014: Scholarship Program for Low-Income Students Gets Cash Injection
    "A pioneering scholarship program in Arizona is receiving an injection of cash from the federal government. The $2.5 million will support AZ Earn to Learn, which helps low-income students in the state pay for college. The program emphasizes financial responsibility. Students are required to save $500, participate in personal finance workshops, and meet regularly with a financial coach. That’s, of course, in addition to being normal college kids and doing well in classes."
  • Energy Defense Fund, November 17, 2014: (Blog) Clean, Distributed Energy Can Benefit Low-Income Families
    "How will clean energy policies affect low-income families and communities of color? This is a critical question to answer because low-income families, including a disproportionately large percentage of African Americans and Latinos, spend a greater portion of their income on utility bills. This means spikes in electricity costs can interrupt monthly finances, and even slight increases can take away from other basic needs like housing, education, and food."
  • The Philadelphia Tribune, November 17, 2014: Summit to tackle soaring local poverty rate
    "Mayor Michael Nutter has made confronting poverty a staple of his administration’s five-year financial plan. Strategies include increasing training opportunities for low-skilled workers, language proficiency challenges and ex-offenders. Plans also include developing a pipeline to municipal job opportunities for low-income residents, launching four benefits access centers and increasing awareness of public benefits."
  • Ravalli Republic, November 17, 2014: Medicaid expansion proposal would cover 70,000 low-income Montanans
    "As promised, Gov. Steve Bullock Monday unveiled his plan to make another run at asking the Legislature to accept millions in federal dollars to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income Montanans. The governor’s plan, revealed as part of his proposed two-year budget, would accept federal money to expand Medicaid, the state-federal program that pays medical bills for the poor."
  • The Herald, November 16, 2014: Helping families find financial stability
    "The fact is that, contrary to what some people believe, poverty affects many families and individuals in Utah County. These families and individuals often have the same aspirations for their future and their families as we do. Despite the daily stress they experience, they demonstrate incredible strength and resilience."
  • Mother Jones, November 15, 2014: (Op-Ed) Two Important Notes For Anyone Renewing Obamacare Coverage
    "However, it doesn't do a good job of steering you toward silver-level plans, which are the only ones eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction. For example, I shopped for a plan for a low-income family of three in Missouri, and the cost of the cheapest bronze plan was $0. The cost of the cheapest silver plan was $90 per month. That's an extra $1,000 per year, and a lot of low-income families will naturally gravitate toward the cheaper plan, especially since it's the first one they see."
  • KMALand, November 15, 2014: Helping Iowa Kids in Poverty Takes a Two-Generation Approach
    "After some improvements in the 1990s, the poverty rate for kids in Iowa has been on the rise over the last decade or so, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says a two-generation approach is the best strategy for strengthening those families. Michael Crawford, director of Iowa Kids Count, said the method includes a focus on high-quality early education for children, while also providing parents with access to job training, career paths and other tools."
  • WESA, November 14, 2014: Measuring Poverty's Impact on the LGBT Community
    "There are 45.3 million Americans living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Poverty affects people from all walks of life, in all areas of the country, but according to several studies, people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are hit by poverty more often than others."
  • Healthcare Daily, November 14 2014, Study Finds Pediatric Poverty Ballooning In Counties North Of Dallas
    "Huge population growth can be accompanied by an increase in the cost of living, making it difficult for residents who work low-wage jobs to stay afloat. In the five counties between Dallas and the Oklahoma border, poverty is outpacing the population spike, according to a new study by Children’s Health System of Texas and the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas."
  • Greater Greater Washington, November 14, 2014: DC test scores have improved for both low-income and more affluent students
    "Standardized test scores in DC have risen significantly in the seven years since schools came under mayoral control, according to a recent study, and it's not just because of an increase in affluent students. But while math scores have gone up steadily, literacy scores have largely stalled after an early jump. While DC officials have touted increases in test scores as a sign that education reforms are working, critics have argued that DC's changing demographics are behind the improvements. They say an influx of more affluent students has driven up the scores while the gap between those students and lower-income minority students has remained as wide as ever."
  • Civil Beat, November 15, 2014: Hawaii Housing Summit Highlights Need for Low-Income Rentals
    "Honolulu needs more rental housing. A 2011 Hawaii housing study found that more than 15,000 rental units are needed by 2016, but Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Saturday that only one 204-unit rental housing project, Halekauwila Place, was built in Honolulu last year. The mayor emphasized that his new islandwide housing strategy would target the greatest housing need by encouraging developers to build more low-income rental housing units."
  • Medscape, November 14, 2014: Millions of Low-Income Kids Missing Regular Checkups
    "Millions of low-income children are failing to get the free preventive exams and screenings guaranteed by Medicaid and the Obama administration is not doing enough to fix the problem, according to a federal watchdog report."
  • The Salem News, November 14, 2014: Report: Debt part of 'vicious cycle' for low-income families
    "Crushing amounts of personal debt are preventing low-income people in Massachusetts from getting jobs, housing, or furthering their education - all contributing to a cycle of poverty that is hard to escape, according to a new report looking at the impacts of credit."
  • The Huffington Post, November 13, 2014: Getting Children Out of Poverty Requires a Two-Generation Approach
    "Millions of America's low-income families with young children face similar obstacles to opportunity, with little hope of overcoming them. Why? Our efforts to address child and family poverty often fail to recognize that kids do not live in a vacuum. Their success depends on their family's ability to meet their needs, whether that's a refrigerator with nutritious foods or an enriching child care environment that encourages their developing minds to soar."
  • Inside Higher Ed, November 13, 2014: Outside Experience for All
    "Brown University launched a major new initiative Thursday aimed at providing internships, research opportunities, and funding to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors -- particularly those from low-income backgrounds. Called BrownConnect, the program began with a pilot phase last year and has already created 154 new internship opportunities, the university said. It has also provided financial support for 254 interns in low-paid or unpaid internships."
  • Montana Public Radio, November 13, 2014: Half Of Montana Kids Live In Low Income Families
    "Nearly half of all Montana kids are growing up in poverty. That’s according to the latest Montana KIDS COUNT policy report, put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report concludes it's going to take a coordinated approach to help lift kids out of those circumstances. The foundation publishes the report with the aim of giving lawmakers and children’s advocates data-driven policy recommendations to help children and families."
  • KPCC, November 13, 2014: Low-income students largely spared tuition hikes
    "Financial aid and scholarships have largely spared students from low and some middle-income families from shouldering the cost of recent tuition increases at the University of California and California State University, an independent think tank reported Wednesday. The Public Policy Institute of California said in a new report that even though in-state tuition increased an average of 64 percent at UC campuses during the height of the recession, most families with annual incomes under $110,000 did not end up paying more thanks to a greater availability of federal and state grants and aid supplied by the colleges themselves."
  • WWLP, November 13, 2014: Report: debt part of “vicious cycle” for low-income families
    "Crushing amounts of personal debt are preventing low-income people in Massachusetts from getting jobs, housing, or furthering their education – all contributing to a cycle of poverty that is hard to escape, according to a new report looking at the impacts of credit."
  • The Washington Post, November 12, 2014: What happens when housing for the poor is remodeled as luxury studios
    "In buildings like this one on Chicago’s North Side, the shrinking pool of affordable housing — a problem facing many thriving cities — is playing out in a particularly vivid way. Often, gentrification displaces the poor through less direct means: Wealthier residents move in, businesses catering to them follow, property values rise, the economics of a neighborhood change, and longtime residents are priced out. But here — and in other former 'single room occupancy' hotels in Chicago — the displacement is much more literal."
  • The New York Times, November 12, 2014: Florida Finds Tricky Balance Over Feeding of the Homeless
    "Once again the police issued him a notice to appear in court for the criminal violation of an ordinance — the third one in nearly two weeks — and then allowed Mr. Abbott, who has worked to help the homeless for decades, to resume serving food to those waiting in line. And once again Mr. Abbott, who has become a cause célèbre, vowed to continue to feed the homeless 'as long as there is breath in my body' — be it at the beach or in a park. To press his case, Mr. Abbott also said he took the city to court on Wednesday, a tactic he used successfully nearly 15 years ago to beat back a similar local ordinance."
  • The Tennessean, November 12, 2014: Report says low-income families need linked job, child care programs
    "In 2012, there were more than a quarter-million, low-income Tennessee families with children 8 years old or younger. Of those families — identified as a home with kids and a married couple, cohabiting couple or grandparents — more than eight in 10 didn’t have a parent with any sort of college degree. These figures show the need for the state, and the country, to continue to create policies and programs that give low-income families a chance to succeed, argues the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its latest Kids Count report."
  • CBS, November 11, 2014: Can doubling down on food stamps boost nutrition?
    "The food stamp program, which more than doubled in size since the recession hit, has been hit with criticisms of excessive spending. But one new program is about to get a $100 million boost for recipients. That's the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, or FINI, which was approved in the 2014 Farm Bill. The FINI program, which is now accepting applications to fund new community-based programs through Dec. 15, plans on adding benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as a way to improve healthy eating for low-income Americans over the next five years."
  • KFox14, November 11, 2014: City passes motion to better enhance low-income developer notifications
    "On Tuesday, El Paso city councilors passed a motion to amend the city's state legislative agenda on guidelines pertaining to building low-income housing. The change would require developers of affordable or low-income housing to notify residents and seek public input before they start building."
  • The Hechinger Report, November 11, 2014: Report: To lift kids out of poverty, you have to help their parents too
    "More than half the state’s children are members of low-income families, a status that has far-reaching consequences beyond poor housing and poor schools. It traps whole families in a cycle of poverty, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT report released today."
  • The Washington Post, November 10, 2014: Hispanic students are making steady math progress
    "Hispanics attending public schools in major cities posted similar gains, with 10-point and 13-point increases in grades four and eight, respectively. That’s surprising, said Natalia Pane, author of the report and senior vice president of research operations at Child Trends. 'It’s really interesting what’s going on in the large cities,' Pane said. 'Our large cities were able to keep pace when they’ve got such higher proportions of students coming from low-income families.'"
  • NECN, November 10, 2014: State to Survey Homeless Population
    "The most extensive survey of Rhode Island's homeless population to date - with questions ranging from mental health history to whether their daily lives include activities beyond just surviving - aims to figure out not just how many there are, but how they ended up on the streets."
  • Springfield News-Leader, November 09, 2014: 11 jobs where an honest day’s work earns you poverty
    "The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, 1.57 million Americans earned the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Millions more were just above that figure, and plenty actually ended up below it. Over 60 percent of the minimum wage earners in 2012 were in retail, or in leisure and hospitality, which includes hotels and restaurants."
  • The Albequerque Journal, November 9, 2014: Poverty rate reflects feds’ helping hands
    "Without Social Security, the poverty rate among senior citizens in the U.S. would be more than 50 percent; instead, it’s just 14.6 percent. For people of all ages, food stamps cut the poverty rate by about 10 percent, and they reduce poverty among those under 18 by even more than that. And refundable tax credits, many of which help the working poor, reduce the poverty rate among children by more than a quarter."
  • Bozeman Daily Chronicle, November 9, 2014: Bozeman schools eye preschool to help low-income kids
    "Bozeman’s public schools are gearing up to open a small preschool for 4-year-old as a pilot project this January -- even before Gov. Steve Bullock pitches his statewide preschool plan to the 2015 Legislature. School Superintendent Rob Watson will seek an informal blessing for the pilot project when the Bozeman School Board meets Monday night at Willson School. The discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m., a half hour earlier than usual."
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette, November 9, 2014: (Op-Ed) State poverty report fails statistical sniff test
    "The report's authors, Laura Dresser and Jody Knauss, reached their eye-catching conclusion by calculating the hourly wage ($11.36) that it takes to keep a family of four out of poverty. That's a problematic argument, because the vast majority of Wisconsin residents don't live in a household with four people. In fact, data from the Census Bureau show that almost two-thirds of the state either lives by themselves or with one other person. That raises a related question: Who are the 700,000 Wisconsin workers who earn less than $11.36 an hour, if they're not supporting families of four? The COWS authors might have mentioned that, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 414,000 people in the state's workforce are between the ages of 16 and 24. Not only is it plausible for people in this age range to earn a lower wage — it's normal and expected."
  • The Washington Post, November 7, 2014: (Op-Ed) Can concentrated wealth relieve concentrated poverty?
    "Richmond’s history is tragic and triumphant, Williamson says. The past — and, many would argue, to some degree, still present — racial politics of the area have left the city operating in a regional economy without a regional transportation system, with a school system still crippled by white and black middle-class flight, with a 'hyperconcentration' of public housing. But, Williamson says, the city has evolved in many ways, particularly in its ability to "'speak constructively across racial lines with widespread understanding of the city’s history.'"
  • The Dallas Morning News, November 7, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court to hear crucial Dallas low-income housing case
    "There is probably no more complicated, politically charged, bureaucratically messy deal in local government than the construction of low-income housing. For starters, we need new, quality places for our low-income residents to live with dignity and an opportunity to pull themselves out of poverty. But building new, quality homes and apartments for low-income people is a surefire money loser for a developer without significant help from the government."
  • The Oregonian, November 7, 2014: Supreme Court to hear new challenge to Obamacare over subsidies for low-income people
    "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums."
  • Deseret News, November 6, 2014: Clergy, advocates for low-income Utahns lobby for more affordable housing
    "Although Utah's capital city is experiencing a housing construction boom, advocates for the poor say the shortage of affordable rental units has reached a crisis point. The Low Income Housing Action Coalition's review of affordable housing built since 2009 — or those in the pipeline — indicates that less than 100 units of new low-income, affordable housing have been made available each year."
  • IJReview, November 6, 2014: Low-Income Workers Earn Big Advance in Midterm Elections – But At What Cost?
    "The Republicans won big on election night, but so did advocates for another key issue. Across the country, voters were thrust into a debate that has been plaguing millions of low income workers: whether or not they should get paid sick leave. On Tuesday, voters in Massachusetts, New Jersey and California said ‘Yes.’"
  • Government Technology, November 6, 2014: Nutrition App Slices Red Tape for Low-Income Moms
    "But WIC participation is declining, despite statistics that show demand has not diminished. According to the USDA, WIC enrollees have dropped 10.6 percent — about 512,000 users — between 2010 and May 2013. Conversely, participation in food stamp assistance — also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — has seen a major rise from 40.3 million participants in 2010 to 47.6 in 2013, a gain of 15.3 percent."
  • Center for American Progress, November 6, 2014: (Op-Ed) Race and Beyond: Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote
    "In a study released last week—just four days before the midterm elections—the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press predicted that 6 in 10 voting-age adults would not show up at the polls on Election Day. What’s more, the study found that those who were most unlikely to vote are demographically distinct from likely voters."
  • The Washington Post, November 5, 2014: D.C. seeks motels to house families this winter amid expected homeless surge
    "D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration has been seeking out motels that could be used this winter as makeshift emergency family shelters in an effort to handle the expected surge in homeless families, according to internal documents and interviews with city officials. Securing the facilities could help prevent a repeat of the pratfalls that occurred last winter, when officials said they had no alternative to placing families in Maryland motels and city recreation centers, until a judge ruled that the latter is illegal."
  • Education Week, November 5, 2014: Study Gauges 'Risk Load' for High-Poverty Schools (Subscription Only)
    "Poverty is not just a lack of money. It’s a shorthand for a host of other problems—scanty dinners and crumbling housing projects, chronic illnesses, and depressed or angry parents—that can interfere with a child’s ability to learn. Educators and researchers in several of the nation’s largest districts are trying to look at schools based on a fuller picture of children’s experiences, rather than only seeing poverty as a label."
  • The Huffington Post, November 5, 2014: (Op-Ed) How I Realized Child Hunger Hits Everyone Close To Home
    "Child hunger in America is often something you don't 'see' or suspect is close to you, but there we were in an affluent area I knew quite well, interviewing hungry kids who live just blocks away from million dollar homes. I realized for the first time, 'If child hunger can exist here, it can exist anywhere.'"
  • Greenville Online, November 5, 2014: Selective colleges not out of reach
    "A study titled 'The Missing "One-Offs": The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students' published in December 2012 found that only 34 percent of high-achieving high school seniors in the bottom quarter of the income distribution attended one of the country's 238 most selective colleges. Conversely, 78 percent of students in the highest income quartile enrolled in selective colleges. These statistics indicate that low-income students "under-match" in their college admissions. There are many causes for under-matching, the most pervasive being perceptions related to cost and financial aid, and exposure to and awareness of selective colleges."
  • WBOC, November 5, 2014: Nine Schools Exit Support Programs for Low-Income Schools
    "The Delaware Department of Education says nine schools across the state are moving away from their labels as low-performing schools. According to the DOE, the schools are exiting state support programs used in low-performing schools."
  • The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014: (Blog) How to Help Low-Income Students Cross the Finish Line From College to Career
    "For every 100 students from low-income families that start college, fewer than 8 will graduate and secure jobs. So, if our goal is to enable these young people to take charge of their futures, we need to move the finish line: college graduation is not the final destination--launching a career is."
  • CNN, November 4, 2014: (Op-Ed) Is child poverty inevitable?
    "The United States -- one of the wealthiest nations on Earth -- has the second highest rate of childhood poverty in the rich world, according to UNICEF. (Only Romania fares worse.) About one in five American kids is poor, according to Census Bureau data. (For a family of four, the poverty level is an income of no more than $23,834). And, as of 2011, 3.55 million live on less than $2 a day, according to a paper from researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard University."
  • The Huffington Post, November 4, 2014: (Blog) CFES Conference Aims to Share Best Practices for Guiding Low-Income Students Toward College
    "On November 7-8, five hundred educators, corporate leaders, and students from across the country will gather for the 18th annual College For Every Student (CFES) National Conference in Burlington to share best practices and explore strategies for guiding low-income students toward college and career success. CFES supports 20,000 students through partnerships with 200 rural and urban K-12 schools and districts in 27 states and Ireland through its three high-impact and research-based practices."
  • The Pittsburgh Courier, November 4, 2014: (Op-Ed) Child Watch…The monster of poverty
    "Sadly, too many children do not have normal or safe or protected lives and their monsters are real. They do not have closets in many homeless shelters or on the streets or church steps where they sometimes live with homeless parents."
  • National Catholic Reporter, November 3, 2014: (Op-Ed) Why doesn't poverty play a bigger role in US politics?
    "What is at stake for the poor on Tuesday? It is not a question that was asked much in the lead-up to Election Day. With 46 million people currently living in poverty and close to 90 million hovering just above it, the absence of a more frank discussion about America's poverty problem remains a mystery in our national political discourse. Who are 'the poor'? Who represents them?"
  • Nation Swell, November 3, 2014: The Private School Education That Doesn't Cost a Dime
    "Cristo Rey Columbus High School isn’t like other schools. As part of the 28 schools forming the Cristo Rey network (founded in 1995 in Chicago by Jesuit priest John P. Foley), this Columbus, Ohio private school takes underprivileged kids and gives them the opportunity to learn and work professionally for free."
  • Moyers & Company, November 3, 2014: (Op-Ed) People Really Do Want the Media to Cover Poverty
    "More than 16 million American children — or about one in five — are growing up in families with incomes below the federal poverty level of $23,550 for a family of four. Poverty not only affects their day-to-day existence but also affects their development. Sher Brisebois says we should cover how poverty affects children’s mind, body and spirit. David Chevalier says we need to have a 'hard and long' look at America’s hungry children and how these children will be impacted in the future. 'What will they grow up believing?' he asks."
  • Omaha Public Radio, November 3, 2014: One in three Nebraska families low-income
    "A new report from Nebraska Appleseed says 37 percent of low-income families have at least one parent without health insurance. The report, released last week, looks at families, health insurance, and the workforce. It's based on Census data. According to the report, one in three Nebraska families are low-income."
  • Benzinga, November 3, 2014: Stifel Introduces 'LaBarometer,' A Monthly Metric Tracking Low-Income Consumers
    "Taylor LaBarr of Stifel introduced on Monday a new tracking metric called 'LaBarometer' that attempts to quantity the 'changing financial pressures on low-income consumers.'"
  • NJ Biz, November 3, 2014: N.J. university ranks 2nd for low-income students
    "Rowan University has been named the second best college in the nation for social mobility according to the Social Mobility Index, a joint project from CollegeNET and PayScale. The index takes information on the tuition and economic background of the student body and then compares them to graduation rate and median early career salary to find the colleges offering the best investment for low-income students. Glassboro-based Rowan came in just behind Montana Tech of the University of Montana."
  • Santa Fe New Mexican, November 2, 2014: Report: Poverty alone doesn’t hinder education in New Mexico
    "According to a new Legislative Finance Committee report, poverty is no excuse when it comes to a child’s ability to learn. But to succeed, leaders of high-poverty schools must effectively funnel financial resources into areas that need support, coordinate those services, help teachers and monitor student progress."
  • KRQE News, November 2, 2014: Study: Teacher shortage in poor NM schools
    "New Mexico’s high-poverty schools are in dire need of hiring more teachers, according to a new legislative study. A Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday said a “new approach” that includes better incentives and hiring decisions is crucial to get more effective teachers, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The study looked at education strategies in 15 schools around the state that are considered low-income and academically behind."
  • The Morning Call, November 1, 2014: Unequal opportunity for low-income undergrads at area colleges
    "The $32 billion Pell Grant program is the U.S. government's main financial aid for low-income students, benefiting more than one in three undergraduates, or about 10 million total nationwide. Recipients can get up to $5,730 a year. Other area schools with high numbers of Pell-eligible and thus low-income students included Cedar Crest College (43 percent) in Allentown, Penn State Lehigh Valley (36 percent) in Center Valley and Moravian College (30 percent) in Bethlehem, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education."
  • The Tribune-Review, November 1, 2014: (Op-Ed) The question of poor kids, education & income inequality
    "If you want to address income inequality, fix higher education. That seems to be the current thinking in Washington, where President Obama has urged college administrators to better serve low-income students. Some colleges have been following that guidance. The University of Chicago has been praised for its new campaign to recruit low-income students — a strategy that reduces the financial paperwork in the admissions process and guarantees low- and middle-income students summer employment while no longer expecting them to work during the academic year."
  • The Washington Post, October 31, 2014: (Op-Ed) Helping children from low-income families succeed in class
    "Poverty makes it harder for children to succeed in school. And every day, tens of thousands of D.C. schoolchildren walk into a classroom with a heavy weight on their shoulders. That’s because children in poverty are more likely to be hungry or malnourished, exposed to trauma, stress or violence, affected by family or neighborhood turmoil or faced with severe health problems."
  • Northern Public Radio, October 31, 2014: Illinois Report Card Shows Increase In Low-Income Students
    "Low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in Illinois public schools. More than a million kids qualified for free or reduced price lunch last year."
  • St. Louis Business Journal, October 31, 2014: Nixon unveils jobs program for low-income youths
    "Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday unveiled a program meant to provide jobs to up to 2,000 low-income youths in the greater St. Louis area."
  • Greater Greater Washington, October 31, 2014: DC students flock to afterschool programs, but many low-income students are still left out
    "A new nationwide survey of parents shows the District has the highest afterschool participation rate in the United States. On the other hand, DC is 49th in the percentage of low-income children enrolled."
  • The Boston Globe, October 30, 2014: Homeless population in Mass. rose 28 percent in past four years
    "The homeless population in Massachusetts increased faster than in any other state in the nation, rising 40 percent since 2007 even as overall homelessness in the country declined, according to a report issued Thursday by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. But less than 4 percent of the homeless in Massachusetts live on the streets — one of the lowest rates in the country. Massachusetts is the only state in the country with a “right to shelter” law that entitles every family to a roof over their heads the day they qualify for emergency housing. As a result, the vast majority of the state’s homeless population are in shelters or transitional housing."
  • Next City, October 30, 2014: App Helps Low-Income Moms Stay Connected to Nutrition
    "Their new app — it’s also their first — QuickWIC, is for people enrolled in WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), which supplements the nutrition of pregnant women, nursing moms, and infants and children up to age five. Rather than focusing on the application process, as Easy Food Stamps does, QuickWIC is geared toward helping mothers already in the program to streamline and maximize WIC’s unique benefits."
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 30, 2014: Scholarships: 2,000 low-income Philly kids to go to nonpublic schools
    " The Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia announced Thursday that 2,000 new, four-year scholarships were available to help low-income city families send their children to nonpublic schools for kindergarten through eighth grade. The scholarships begin with the 2015-16 academic year. Established in 1998, Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia now provides financial aid to 4,500 city children at 185 nonpublic schools."
  • The Hartford Guardian, October 30, 2014: Q&A: Will Congress Save Health Insurance Program for Low-Income Kids?
    "CHIP provides coverage for 8 million children or so throughout the course of the year who would otherwise be uninsured because their parents work and make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford the high cost of private insurance … Before CHIP, the uninsured rate among kids was about 15 percent. Today it’s about 7 percent. It’s essentially cut the uninsured rate among children in half."
  • The Seattle Times, October 29, 2014: Seattle weighs ‘game changer’: millions more to help homeless
    "Under Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed budget, the city would spend more than $35 million on homeless services. Bagshaw wants to dedicate several million additional dollars to help nonprofits and faith institutions (and maybe schools and community centers) shelter homeless people. To her credit, advocates say the idea has potential. But the road between potential and reality runs through Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget, which is under review by the City Council, and there are diverse views on what should be done."
  • ThinkProgress, October 29, 2014: Pennsylvania May Drop Birth Control Coverage For Thousands Of Low-Income Women
    "As the year draws to a close, women’s health advocates in Pennsylvania are concerned that the governor will allow a family planning program to lapse without ensuring that low-income residents can maintain uninterrupted access to their birth control. An estimated 90,000 women are currently at risk of losing the free reproductive health coverage they get through that special Medicaid program, which is set to expire on December 31."
  • The Daily Tarheel, October 29, 2014: State cuts hurting low-income students
    "A new study found state budget cuts to public universities nationwide have deterred many low- and middle-income students from attending college. The Center for American Progress found that 38 states cut the amount of spending per student during the fiscal period of 2008 to 2012, said Elizabeth Baylor, associate director of postsecondary education at the center. The two- and four-year college attendance rate of low-income students dropped from 55.9 percent in 2008 to 50.9 percent in 2012. The state has cut universities’ funds by about 5 percent, according to the study."
  • The Virginian-Pilot, October 29, 2014: (Editorial) Brutal cost of children who are homeless
    "South Hampton Roads' five cities collectively spend an estimated $31 million each year due, in full or in part, to a lack of stable housing for the region's young and vulnerable, according to calculations by ODU's James V. Koch and Gary A. Wagner."
  • MLive, October 29, 2014: Low-income residents say they're getting booted from Detroit's Town Apartments; Colorado company says it's fixing it up
    "The new owners of Town Apartments are converting the building at 1511 1st St. into strictly market-rate units, meaning people like Griffin have to find a new rental that will accept the federal assistance. She has until Friday at 6 p.m. to move out."
  • Washington City Paper, October 29, 2014: (Blog) How D.C.’s Plan to Save Low-Income Housing Went Wrong
    "Now the New Communities Initiative is in serious trouble, with the biggest news in its 10th year being a city-commissioned report detailing its fundamental failings. The recommendations for reviving the program in the report by Quadel Consulting and Training only magnify the danger. Underneath the measured, wonkish tones is an unmistakable message: New Communities can only be saved by breaking its original promises—those, that is, that haven’t already been broken."
  • International Business Times, October 29, 2014: Hurricane Sandy Anniversary 2014: Two Years After Sandy, Low-Income Jersey Shore Residents Still Suffer
    "It’s been two years since Sandy hit the East Coast and destroyed 37,000 primary residences in New Jersey alone. While the storm proved a golden opportunity for real estate buyers in search of shorefront bargains, the property damage left many middle- and working-class residents in Monmouth County towns like Union Beach struggling to stay afloat. Monmouth was hardest hit by the storm in terms of its impact on residential, commercial and municipal damage, according to the Rutgers University Sandy Hardship Index."
  • The Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2014: Homeless travelers find they're not welcome in tourist-dependent cities
    "Cities have tried numerous strategies to control their unruly behavior, from bombarding them with citations to hiring private security guards and installing cameras on street corners. Cash-strapped communities say they don't have the money to hire more police officers, and some doubt law enforcement is the solution anyway. In Santa Barbara, leaders are particularly concerned about 'aggressive panhandlers' who demand money or food from pedestrians and outdoor cafe patrons — and curse and intimidate those who don't oblige. The City Council on Tuesday voted to hire community service officers to patrol State Street, its main tourist thoroughfare, on foot and intervene when they see aggressive or nuisance behavior."
  • Education Dive, October 28, 2014: Bloomberg-led coalition wants to help low-income students graduate college
    "Bloomberg Philanthropies is leading a coalition of organizations that aims to raise the number of top-performing students from lower-income families who attend colleges with six-year graduation rates of at least 70%."
  • The News and Tribune, October 28, 2014: Low-income housing revamp could help New Albany
    "A plan for a nearly $6 million revitalization of Cross Creek Apartments along Green Valley Road will get more in the way of state tax credits after approval from the New Albany Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday. And a $50,000 commitment from developer Sonny Sprigler, owner of the complex, to improve grounds off-site will give them even more points toward tax credits, which they said will help the city, the neighborhood and themselves."
  • The Republic, October 28, 2014: Effort helps first-generation, low-income students consider college by making applications
    "High school seniors are set to participate in College Application Day. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the event Tuesday tries to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other post-secondary credentials."
  • The New York Times, October 27, 2014: A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College
    "On Tuesday, a handful of institutions will announce an ambitious new effort on this front. Led by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the coalition is setting a specific goal for which it can be held accountable. Today, only about one in three top-performing students from the bottom half of the income distribution attends a college with a high six-year graduation rate (at least 70 percent). Within five years, the Bloomberg coalition wants to raise that to one in every two students."
  • The Times-Picayune, October 27, 2014: Louisiana has cut $459 million in higher ed funding since 2008, report finds
    "Cuts to state funding for higher education in Louisiana rank among the highest in the country since the 2008 recession, according to a revelatory new report by the Center for American Progress, a liberal-leaning public research and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C."
  • Watchdog, October 27, 2014: Low-income students denied scholarships, despite D.C. law giving them preference
    "Some Washington, D.C., children are denied participation in the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which gives students from low-income families scholarships to attend private schools, despite a law that gives students with siblings in the program preference."
  • The Detroit News, October 27, 2014: Michigan colleges look to boost low-income enrollment
    "Young people from low-income families, and first-generation college students, are not necessarily the same as minority students. But like minority students, they are less prevalent on campuses than their wealthier counterparts from well-educated families — and they are rare at the nation's most elite universities, such as the University of Michigan."
  • Roll Call, October 27, 2014: (Op-Ed) For Low-Income Children, Findings Reveal CHIP to Be a Vital Resource
    "Between 1997 and 2012, uninsured rates among low-income children fell from 25 percent to 13 percent despite recession conditions that separated many families from employer-sponsored coverage and left them with fewer resources to purchase coverage on their own. Our findings attribute this persistent decline to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whose coverage rates among children increased from 41 percent to 63 percent over the same 15-year period."
  • The New York Times, October 26, 2014: A Perfect Fit for Some, but Not Others
    "The way Ms. Turner sees it, the health care law is allowing her to build her earning power by focusing on college instead of continuing to work 40 hours a week in a job where her income had no potential to grow. She plans to transfer into a bachelor’s program next year, she said, and will look for jobs in digital editing or video production."
  • NBC News, October 26, 2014: Police Pay Gap: Many of America's Finest Struggle on Poverty Wages
    "Data obtained by NBC News from 24 municipal police departments in St. Louis County reveal a gulf between police officer pay in poor, majority African-American northern cities and wealthier, whiter cities further south. Average annual patrol officer pay ranges from $23,000 in Hillsdale to nearly $70,000 in Town and County and Des Peres."
  • AlJazeera, October 26, 2014: (Op-Ed) US college students face high debt, shattered dreams
    "By contrast, tuition in the United States at both public and private colleges has risen steeply over the past 10 years. Even worse, private for-profit colleges have proliferated around the country, with enrollment growing by 225 percent from 1998 to 2008. These colleges prey on low-income students, leaving many deep in debt, without a degree, and in low-paying jobs that bear little resemblance to the descriptions in for-profit college’s recruitment pitches and late night television ads."
  • BlackHills Fox, October 26, 2014: Native American, low-income students in South Dakota get a college Jump Start
    "South Dakota has been faced with the challenge of helping Native American and low–income students succeed in college, but now with $3.6 million in federal funds, six South Dakota universities and a tribal college plan to generate momentum for these students through the South Dakota Jump Start Program."
  • The Washington Post, October 25, 2014: D.C. has allowed dozens of affordable-housing loans to languish in default
    "The District government has failed to collect tens of millions of dollars on dozens of delinquent loans, most of them intended to boost the city’s stock of affordable housing, city records show. The typical delinquent loan — among a list of 43 — is more than four years behind on mortgage payments, according to the records. And the number has swelled even as D.C. housing officials did little more than mail warning letters to loan holders. This was true even in cases when organizations and their executives failed to remit a single payment for more than a decade."
  • The News Journal, October 25, 2014: Group brings learning into sharp new focus
    "You can't learn what you can't see. That's the basic principle behind 'Vision to Learn,' a new campaign in Delaware to give low-income students free eye exams and glasses."
  • The News Journal, October 25, 2014: (Op-Ed) Getting more poor kids into college won’t fix inequality
    "f you want to address income inequality, fix higher education. That seems to be the current thinking in Washington, where President Obama has urged college administrators to better serve low-income students. Some colleges have been following that guidance. The University of Chicago has been praised for its new campaign to recruit low-income students – a strategy that reduces the financial paperwork in the admissions process and guarantees low- and middle-income students summer employment while no longer expecting them to work during the academic year."
  • The Root, October 25, 2014: Feds Loosen Financial Requirements for PLUS Loan Applications
    "Big changes are on the way for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students): The U.S. Department of Education is loosening rules for eligibility in a move targeted at making it easier for parents and students to pay for a college education. On Wednesday the department announced and published the final regulations. Among the core adjustments are revised borrower eligibility; a streamlined application for a PLUS Loan, particularly for those with “adverse credit history”; and an updated definition of “adverse credit history,” which had not been adjusted since 1994."

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