to do on NC Health Care Gap, Raleigh
News and Observer editorial by Mark Dakkak
From the editorial: The
Affordable Care Act was designed to provide health care access for every person
living in poverty. But when North Carolina state legislators refused to expand
Medicaid in March 2013, two groups fell into a gap: all poor childless adults
and some poor families. As a result, in this state, every childless adult
living in poverty is barred from help. Some N.C. families who should qualify
are left out, too. Families of four making more than the state’s Medicaid
cutoff of $10,000 but less than the federal poverty line of $23,500 receive no
help with health insurance costs.
Senate Bill Singles Out N.C. Unemployed, WFAE
shows inequality in public schools for minority students, The Daily Tar Heel
From the article: Of
the school system’s 2,075 students in preschool programs, the majority – 1,400
– are children with learning disabilities who are getting services because of
the federal requirement that special-education students get a “free appropriate
The remaining children
– 675 – are in the district’s Title I prekindergarten program, with 822 more on
a waiting list, according to Hamilton. Title I is a federal program targeted at
helping low-income students.
If the funding is
approved, Hamilton said they’ll be able to serve an additional 200
special-education students and add 40 slots to the Title I prekindergarten program.
Area Counties Targeted for Summer Food Assistance, The Winston-Salem Journal
From the article: Three Northwest North Carolina counties –
Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes – have been identified by the U.S. Agriculture
Department as qualified to receive summer food assistance for children.
The federal agency selected 50 counties to participate in
its Strike Force campaign, which aims to leverage partnerships in
poverty-stricken rural areas, and to ensure that every community has equal
access to its programs.
Addresses Child Poverty, The Daily
From the article: Before Pennock took the podium, Dr. John
Kinlaw, former superintendent of Rutherford County Schools, welcomed the
audience and said three out of every five children in the county are hungry and
four out of five children are hungry once a week.
“That is not a shock to the educators in Rutherford County,”
“Poverty is real,” he said.
Report Says Wilmington Rental Prices “Unaffordable”, WWAY News
The typical renter in North Carolina earns around $12.42 an
hour, but a renter in Wilmington would have to earn $15.73 an hour to afford a “basic
Other Side of Paradise, Business
This photo essay explores the large, hidden homeless
communities in the state of Hawaii. The
state now has the third-highest per capita homeless population in the U.S.
U.S. Cities Where the Poor are Most Segregated From Everyone Else, Atlantic Cities
Jacksonville, NC is recognized as a place where the poor are least segregated from everyone
else. What large metro areas are the
most or least segregated?
Not Quite News, But Neat Anyway
Appalachia, a photojournalism project managed by photographer Roger
From their overview page: Many of the War on Poverty photographs,
whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These
images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for
the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region
while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.
attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter
point, this project will look at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration
of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers
within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a
reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.
Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Fri. April 11, 2014 1:00 PM
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