“It just felt like day care,” said one student. By Caroline Preston 11/10/2018 05:00 am ET PHILADELPHIA and GREENVILLE, Pa. — Back when he still lived with his family, when school was across the street from his home in West Philadelphia, Johnathan Hamilton used to plow through reading assignments and research religious questions online. He stumbled over fractions — math was always a struggle — but started getting into philosophy as an early teen. Then, at 15, his relationship with his parents grew violent, and Hamilton went to live in a city shelter for foster youth. When a bed became available at a residential facility in suburban Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, run by the nonprofit Devereux Foundation, Hamilton was sent to live there. For roughly nine months, he went to school on the grounds of the facility — and he says it was mostly lost time. Classes were full of kids of different ages. The material he was assigned seemed many grade … [Read more...] about How Schools For Kids In Foster Care Act As ‘Educational Black Holes’
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POLITICS 11/08/2018 02:59 pm ET Lawyers say that due to the Trump's administration's recent crackdown on sponsors, children are languishing in detention for “egregious” amounts of time. By Angelina Chapin On Tuesday night, lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven immigrant youth and their families who claim the Trump administration is detaining children for an egregious amount of time. Most of the young plaintiffs, who range from ages 11 to 17, have been stuck in children’s shelters or foster care facilities for between four and six months, despite having family members who have applied to be their sponsors. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of children across the U.S. are languishing in detention for months because of a government crackdown on sponsor vetting. Since June, the Trump administration has required every parent and legal guardian who applies to be a sponsor, as well as members of their household, to be fingerprinted, which has … [Read more...] about Immigrant Children Are Being Detained For Months. Their Families Decided To Sue.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The teenage brothers — both shy and Native American — had just entered a recreation center on a tour of their dream university when a parent in the group stepped away to call 911."Their behavior is just really odd," she said from the Colorado State University campus. "They won't give their names .... They just really stand out."The teens' quiet disposition and dark clothing were unnerving, the caller told the dispatcher. Campus police responded by pulling them from the tour, patting them down and asking why they didn't "cooperate" when others asked them questions.Yet for many Native Americans, much of 17-year-old Lloyd Skanahwati and 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray's reserved conduct followed cultural norms often expected of youth — especially those taught in their schools and communities to be humble, as well as thoughtful about how and when to draw attention to themselves."Students who are quieter are taking information and … [Read more...] about Teens’ experience shows campus reality for Native Americans
A plan to dramatically expand work requirements for recipients of food stamp benefits could put more than 500,000 adults in Illinois at risk of losing aid if they aren’t employed at least part-time or participating in job training.Advocates for the poor say the changes could deepen poverty throughout the country by taking food assistance from those who sorely need it. They argue that the vast majority of food stamp recipients are children, disabled or elderly, and say many of those who are able to work already do. But as the economy continues to bounce back from the Great Recession, the Trump administration and some Republicans in Congress are pushing more aggressive policies to get people off various forms of public assistance and into jobs.The food stamp program already requires many recipients to work at least 20 hours a week, though states can apply for waivers for higher unemployment areas. But a proposal in the farm bill, which could be voted on as early as next week in … [Read more...] about Split over plan to expand food stamp work requirements: ‘A good thing’ or ‘a recipe for disaster’
Madison's Finance Committee recommended six neighborhood groups receive funding through the city’s neighborhood grant program for projects ranging from expanding a farmers’ market to creating a mixed-media art project.The Neighborhood Grant Program is housed under the city’s Planning Division and has been used to support neighborhood improvements since 1999. Groups such as neighborhood associations apply for funding, but it is available to groups of at least five residents looking to make a difference in their neighborhoods.“It really shows a level of support and investment by the city in helping neighborhoods be the best they can be,” said Linda Horvath, an urban planner with the city.The program funds community enhancement projects and projects that build organizational capacity for neighborhood associations. In 2018, $25,000 is available for projects and $5,000 is set aside for maintenance on past projects.The projects recommended for funding … [Read more...] about Madison Finance Committee recommends funding for six neighborhood projects