Category Archives: Children

Changes to Pennsylvania’s Child Protection Laws

With thanks to Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA for collecting this information. In October 2014, the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Corbett  completed a two-year effort to improve Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, with a series of bills that were officially … Continue reading

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Urge Senator Toomey to Protect Children’s Health Insurance Program

From the Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org): Did you know that Senator Toomey is not yet supporting legislation that would extend funding for the very successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)? S.522, the Protecting and Retaining Our Children’s Health Insurance Program … Continue reading

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PA Partnerships for Children Releases School Readiness Report

From Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (http://www.papartnerships.org): Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has released our latest “School Readiness” report, which details how well Pennsylvania is doing in preparing its youngest children for school. The new report finds a troubling lack of progress … Continue reading

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PA Treads Water on Serving School Breakfasts

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-02-11/hunger-food-nutrition/pa-treads-water-on-serving-school-breakfasts/a44484-1 February 11, 2015 – Dan Heyman, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – The number of kids getting breakfast at school has been rising nationally, but Pennsylvania has seen only a slight … Continue reading

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Fact of the Week: We Can Reduce Child Poverty in America by 60 Percent Through an Investment Equal to Only 2 Percent of the Federal Budget

Posted at http://www.chn.org/2015/02/02/fact-week-can-reduce-child-poverty-america-60-percent-investment-equal-2-percent-federal-budget/#.VNOd-Z3F-Dk By Deborah Weinstein February 2, 2015 “Child poverty is too expensive to continue.” That’s what Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman said in unveiling their new report, Ending Child Poverty Now.Remarkably, a dramatic reduction in child poverty is not too … Continue reading

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Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

From the Children’s Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org): By Marian Wright Edelman A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.”  — Pope … Continue reading

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Child Homelessness in U.S. Hit All-Time High in Recent Years, New Report Says

Posted at http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/child-homelessness-in-us-hit-all-time-high-in-recent-years-new-report-says/2014/11/16/5ffa5324-6dd5-11e4-8808-afaa1e3a33ef_story.html By David Crary and Lisa Leff November 17, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — The number of homeless children in the United States has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to … Continue reading

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For PA School Districts, the Rich Get Richer & the Poor Get Poorer

Posted at http://thirdandstate.org/2015/january/pa-school-districts-rich-get-richer-poor-get-poorer Jan 09, 2015 05:50 pm | Waslala Miranda According to an Associated Press analysis, the gap between the haves and have-nots in public schools grew much worse during Gov. Corbett’s time in office.  In the past four … Continue reading

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50,000 More in Affluent Classrooms, Ten Times Less in Poor Classrooms

From Public Citizens for Children and Youth (http://www.pccy.org): The gaping disparity of resources between wealthy and poor school districts grew more severe in the last four years.  The top 20% of the state’s wealthiest school districts increased the amount of … Continue reading

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Majority of U.S. Public School Students Are in Poverty

Posted at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-school-students-are-in-poverty/2015/01/15/df7171d0-9ce9-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html The Washington Post, January 16, 2015 According to a recent report from the Southern Education Foundation, 51 percent of public school students were eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch in the 2012-2013 school year. The highest … Continue reading

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