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Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Your Holiness,<p>Last year on Palm Sunday I wrote an open letter to you in the <i>New York Times</i> to implore you to bring an end to the Church teaching that homosexuality is a sin. I invited you to visit the Ali Forney Center, the world's largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youths. I hoped that …

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The True Size of the Student Debt Crisis

Another great infographic on student loan debt from Demos. <i>(via Greg Kaufmann at This Week in Poverty)</i><p>If you’re interested in learning more about the …

Students Make College Towns’ Poverty Look Worse

College students living in off-campus housing have been throwing off poverty measures, according to a new report.<p>The U.S. Census Bureau usually determines poverty status by using a set of income thresholds that vary by family size and composition. In 2011, the threshold for a family of three was …

Louisiana teachers share their stories of child poverty: Robert Mann | NOLA.com

The child in Rebecca Radding's kindergarten class at a New Orleans charter school was struggling. Her student understood Spanish, but little English. …

Feeding kids when there’s no school lunch

Time it takes for minimum wage workers to afford a Big Mac

Fast-food workers went on strike recently in hopes of persuading politicians to raise the minimum wage. But how does the U.S. minimum wage compare internationally?<p>Strategists at ConvergEx Group have compared minimum wages around the world using an unlikely tool: the burger.<p>"We wanted to see where …

Mom's Poverty, Diabetes Might Raise ADHD Risk in Kids

<b>MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2012 (HealthDay News) —</b> New research suggests that the combination of poverty and having diabetes during pregnancy significantly …

I taught at the worst school in Texas

<b>(Hannah Gleghorn via Shutterstock)</b><p>My time at Pearce was an unforgettable lesson in what the education reformers get wrong<p>John Savage<p>August 25, 2013 11:59pm (UTC)<p>J. E. Pearce Middle School sits in a part of Austin my students called the Two-Three. Short for 78723, the Two-Three is a ZIP code that …

A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

<b>The College Kid</b><p>Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.<p>According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. …

Want to Move Kids Out of Poverty? Then Protect the Middle Class

A new analysis shows that regions with a healthy middle class also have more upward mobility for the poor.<p>The Center for American Progress is out with a new bit of research showing that in parts of the country that are more heavily middle class, there also tends to be more upward mobility for the …

‘Nursery school dropouts’: Poverty as a health crisis for many of America’s kids

Dr. Benard Dreyer, Professor of pediatrics at New York University and co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association task force on childhood poverty, has been taking care of children, many of them quite poor, for nearly four decades. John Makely / NBC News<p>America’s pediatricians are sounding an …

Donations pour in for homeless man who returned backpack with $42K

Honesty really paid off for a homeless man in Boston who turned in a backpack worth nearly $42,000 earlier this week.<p>Since his good deed, an online fundraiser had raised more than $92,000 for Glen James by early Thursday, and brought in offers from strangers who want to help the Good Samaritan by …

Since 1991, Only College Graduates Have Seen Their Incomes Rise

Pew had an interesting analysis earlier this week of the last 21 years of Census income data. In it, they break down the average incomes of …

Demographics

Report Finds 400 Million Children Living in Extreme Poverty

<i>World Bank Group analysis shows low-income countries lagging behind in lifting people out of poverty</i><p><b>WASHINGTON, October 10, 2013 -</b> The number of …

America’s Dubious Distinction: Second Highest in Child Poverty Rates

More than one in five of all U.S. children live in “official” poverty today and the rate is even higher for Black and Hispanic children and for …

Stress of Childhood Poverty May Have Long Effect on Brain

Children raised in poverty or in orphanages experience chronic stress early in life that can have long-lasting effects on the brain, setting them up …

Study: Poor children are now the majority in American public schools in South, West

By Lyndsey Layton<p>, Editor<p>A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.<p>The analysis by the Southern …

Poverty increasing in public schools

Low-income students made up at least half the public school student population in 17 states in 2011, a marked increase from 2000, when four states topped 50 percent. Read related article.<p>Source: Southern Education Foundation | The Washington Post October 16, 2013

‘Crucial first eight years’: Study finds most poor children lag on cognitive skills by age 8

Low-income families depend on programs such as WIC, a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, to raise their children. Rogelio V. Solis / AP file<p>Only 19 percent of low-income third graders have "age-appropriate cognitive skills," according to a policy report released …

America Can't Afford to Waitlist Its Children's Future

Last spring, I met a mother from West Virginia named Susan Armstead who said something that stuck with me. "Only time will tell whether my children will be able to attend preschool," Susan said.<p>She explained that when her son turned 3, Susan registered him for preschool, completed all the necessary …

Has Being a Young Adult Always Been a Financial Nightmare?

Young people have never had it easy, but they have certainly had it better.<p>Young adulthood has always been financially perilous. But is it more perilous today than in the past? That question has come my way a fair number of times, ever since I shared a bit of new research showing that roughly a …

About Half of Kids With Single Moms Live in Poverty

Children raised in single-parent households in the U.S. are far more likely to live in poverty than children with both parents present, according to Census figures released Monday. As a result, far more black and Hispanic children are raised in poverty than white kids.<p>Among all children living only …

The 49 states of rising child poverty

By Niraj Chokshi<p>, Reporter<p>Children in North Dakota were the only ones in the nation to have weathered the Great Recession generally unscathed. In every other state in the nation, at least one county saw poverty rise among school-aged children between 2007 and last year, according to new Census …

Home (and hungry) for the holidays: Families struggle to feed kids during school break

Michael Taylor, Jr., 12, of Abingdon, Va., gives thanks with his brothers and grandmother, Elizabeth Salyers, for the meal they received at a local …

I, too, am one of the estimated 22,000 homeless children in New York

I used to dread it when people at school asked me where I live or if we could hang out at my place. I would try to give my schoolmates a general response, maybe the name of a neighborhood, but they always pressed for more. I've been homeless on and off for most of my life. I've lived in New York …

Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic

<b>By Linda Carroll, NBC News contributor</b><p>Javier Sepulveda watches the cockroaches skitter across the floor of his Harlem apartment with a mixture of anger and angst. For him they are more than just a nauseating nuisance: They’re one of the main reasons his 12-year-old daughter, Melissa, sometimes …

The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

There's no way to avoid it. As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country.<p>Still, many say the problem is invisible to the public.<p>"It's invisible even to me and I'm looking," says Wick Sloan. He …

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