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Lesley, Bruce – First Focus, 2016
Children are not faring well in America. Over the course of the current campaign cycle, eight million children will be born in this country. If our nation's elected leaders do nothing, more than 75,000 of those children below the age of 2 will be abused or neglected, over 500,000 will be uninsured, and nearly two million will live in poverty.…
Descriptors: Racial Differences, Barriers, Well Being, Ethnic Diversity
Monsif, John, Ed.; Gluck, Elliott, Ed. – First Focus, 2016
Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016, and total spending on children's programs has decreased by five percent in the last two years, according to "Children's Budget 2016." The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include…
Descriptors: Budgets, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation
Greer, Jeremie; Levin, Ezra – First Focus, 2015
Access to higher education is critical for ending the cycle of poverty and expanding economic opportunity. Children who are educated to reach their potential are best able to become self-sufficient contributors to the national economy. These moral and economic grounds justify government investment in higher education. Although the federal…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Taxes, Low Income Groups, Access to Education
Kyle, Sarah, Ed. – First Focus, 2015
The federal government makes more than 200 distinct investments in children. These include traditional children's initiatives like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). Following a…
Descriptors: Budgets, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal Legislation
Honda, Michael; Liu, Carol – First Focus, 2015
The impacts of poverty in this country cast a long shadow over the issues of education, social mobility, and global competitiveness. Although national conversations regarding income inequality have increased, the topic of poverty in America has not had as much attention. We seem to be at a loss about specific solutions that could address this…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Neighborhood Schools, Equal Education, Poverty
Wilson, Mitria – First Focus, 2015
Far too often, the question of how to improve educational outcomes for minority children living in the United States leads to familiar proposals involving school busing, educational vouchers, or the formation of mixed-community charter schools. The purpose of this report is to note that each of these shares a commonality that should not be…
Descriptors: Minority Group Children, Housing, Social Justice, Public Policy
Lindsey, Kevin – First Focus, 2014
On July 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to enforce a provision of the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act meant to ensure that every student is taught by a great teacher and attends a school run by great administrators. The provision requires states to develop and implement plans to ensure that no subgroup of students is…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Placement, Equal Education, Educational Planning
First Focus, 2014
This brief is authored by The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a collaboration between the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Education Law Center (PA), and Juvenile Law Center. The federal Fostering Connections Act of 2008 and the McKinney-Vento Act both provide education stability for children in foster care,…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Foster Care, Educational Opportunities, Students