At what cost? For Baltimore’s poorest families, the child support system exacts a heavy price — and it’s hurting whole communities

By Yvonne Wenger. Baltimore Sun. March 5, 2020 Maryland’s child support system, intended to sustain children, is actually hurting some of the state’s neediest families — especially in Baltimore, an investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found. Under the dysfunctional system, parents in struggling city neighborhoods owe tens of millions of dollars in back child … Continue reading At what cost? For Baltimore’s poorest families, the child support system exacts a heavy price — and it’s hurting whole communities

The good news? Fewer kids are living in poverty. The bad news? STD rates are way up.

By J. Dale Shoemaker | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Children in New Jersey generally are better off than they were six years ago, new data shows: Fewer are living in poverty. Fewer live with families receiving benefits such as food stamps. And fewer are testing positive for high levels of lead in their blood. … Continue reading The good news? Fewer kids are living in poverty. The bad news? STD rates are way up.

Growing Awareness of ”Period Poverty“ in Schools

BY MARY ELLEN FLANNERY. NEA Today. Feb. 20, 2020 With Virginia poised to become the fifth state to require its middle and high schools to provide free tampons and menstrual pads in its bathrooms, the issue of “period poverty” has growing traction in schools and statehouses across the nation. One in five teens said they … Continue reading Growing Awareness of ”Period Poverty“ in Schools

How Many Kids in the United States Are Living in Poverty?

ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 10, 2018, AND UPDATED JANUARY 21, 2020, BY THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION In America today, 18% of all kids — nearly 13 million children total — are living in poverty. In the last decade, this rate has risen from 18% in 2007 and 2008, peaked at 23% in 2011 and 2012, … Continue reading How Many Kids in the United States Are Living in Poverty?

In San Antonio, rent is rising but wages aren’t

The city already has some of the worst poverty and segregation rates in the country. Now increasing rents are leaving low-income households struggling to keep up with the cost of living. BY JUAN PABLO GARNHAM JAN. 16, 2020 The Texas Tribune In the 40-minute bus ride across San Antonio that Barbie Hammond takes to work, … Continue reading In San Antonio, rent is rising but wages aren’t

Who Killed the Knapp Family?

Across America, working-class people — including many of our friends — are dying of despair. And we’re still blaming the wrong people. By Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The New York Times Mr. Kristof is an Opinion columnist. Ms. WuDunn is a business consultant. YAMHILL, Ore. — Chaos reigned daily on the No. 6 school bus, with working-class boys … Continue reading Who Killed the Knapp Family?

114,000 Students in N.Y.C. Are Homeless. These Two Let Us Into Their Lives.

NOV. 19, 2019 Written by Eliza Shapiro; Photographs by Brittainy Newman The New York Times Darnell, 8, lives in a homeless shelter and commutes 15 miles a day to school. Sandivel shares a bedroom with her mother and four brothers. She is 10 and has moved seven times in the past five years. The number of school-age … Continue reading 114,000 Students in N.Y.C. Are Homeless. These Two Let Us Into Their Lives.