Christopher Columbus, a very detailed account of rape found in a letter to a childhood friend (via northeasternpromises-nj)
American Hero, Explorer of Women and Countries
Dr. Seuss’: The Cat in the Hat (2003)
And then there’s this.
by Félix Pérez
While the new school year began only a month ago, Beth McCullough already sees this year shaping up to be the busiest in her 14 years as a homeless student liaison in Michigan.
“I’m seeing more students, and they’re staying homeless longer,” said McCullough. “It’s much more precarious. There are no beds in the shelters, so mothers are moving in with abusive boyfriends and kids are couch-hopping — a couple of nights here, a couple of nights there.”
he surge in the number of homeless students and the frayed, patchwork quilt of public and private relief agencies and groups McCullough described are all too common.
According to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Education, 1,258,182 students enrolled in public schools across the country were homeless in 2012-13. Of those, 75,940 were unaccompanied youths living on their own; 200,950 had disabilities. The total number of homeless students rose 8 percent from the previous school year and by nearly 500,000 since the 2007-08 school year, when there were 795,054 homeless students.
The 10 states with the highest number of homeless students were:
- California, 259,656
- New York, 131,600
- Texas, 101,088
- Florida, 66,956
- Illinois, 50,520
- Michigan, 38,636
- Georgia, 36,934
- Kentucky, 34,012
- Arizona, 30,934
- Washington, 30,609
“The trends mirror what is going on economically,” said Diana Bowman, director of the National Center for Homeless Education. The primary contributing factors are the Great Recession and its record number of home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies and cratering middle class job market.
Homelessness “impacts students’ physical and mental health, and high school students in many cases are more predisposed to drop out,” said Bowman. “Some students will change schools three, four, sometimes five times in a school year. They move school to school, district to district.”
Austerity fever strikes again! And putting the nation on a “pay as you go” footing means that programs that actually help poor people are most vulnerable, as in this case:
A little-noticed change in federal law may hurt small neighborhood grocery stores and their low-income customers who use food stamps.
In 2004, food stamps went digital, switching from paper coupons to electronic cards. In large supermarkets, such Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are swiped at checkout terminals along with credit and debit cards.
But in around 118,000 bodegas, corner stores, and mom-and-pop markets nationwide, EBT cards have been used in specific EBT machines provided to stores free in a federal-state partnership, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, known as SNAP.
Now, all that is changing. The states and the federal government will no longer foot the bill for EBT machines, a measure that could save an estimated $154 million over 10 years, according to federal officials.
Beginning as early as this week, stores will be charged around $1,000 or possibly more a year to use EBT equipment, supplies, and related services, according to Xerox Corp., which administers EBT card programs in 19 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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