"Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday."
"With roughly a sixth of the U.S. population living in poverty and many more struggling to stay out of it, the federal social safety net has evolved in recent years into an extraordinarily costly and wide-ranging assortment of spending and tax measures."
"Advocates have for years argued that giving every child a savings account could close the gap in college application and graduation rates between low-income children and their wealthier peers. More recently, high levels of student debt have focused fresh attention on the concept: A handful of states, counties and cities have created children’s savings […]
"A recent Cato Institute publication, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: Europe, reported on by MarylandReporter.com this week, promotes a seriously misleading message. Using flawed methodology, the authors claim that Maryland’s support for struggling families provides so much money that recipients prefer not to enter the labor market. Furthermore, they […]
"There are a lot more students with backgrounds like Gabe's than there used to be at Vassar. Over the past eight years, the school's financial aid budget has doubled. Sixty percent of students now receive aid. But that means 40 percent come from families that can afford to pay full price — more than $63,000 a year."
"The Ryan-White HIV/AIDs program (RWHAP) was initiated in 1990 to help low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals gain access to high-quality HIV care, treatment and supports. They provide access to outpatient medical care, HIV treatment medications, antiretroviral therapy adherence support, as well as non-medical assistance with food, housing, […]
"The Sacramento City Council has unanimously approved a fee for developers that could raise $110 million for low-income housing over the next 20 years. The fee of $2.58 per square-foot will be assessed on any new residential development unless it's designed with low-income housing."
"A new report shows poor households cannot earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American cities. This is a signal that the country’s slow-motion economic collapse is hitting low-income workers the hardest."
"With competing legislation in Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or the ESEA, and the presidential race shining a spotlight on education issues, a decades-old policy issue is once again under debate: the flexibility to allow the approximately $14.4 billion of Title I-A funds to follow students across schools."
"California’s low-income, black and disabled students are more likely to miss school frequently, which can be linked to future achievement gaps and dropout rates, according to a report released Monday. The national report by Attendance Works found that chronic absenteeism is often the result of a student’s health problems, such as asthma, and absenteeis […]