On NewsHour Weekend Saturday, we bring you “Sandtown by the Numbers,” a special series of reports on life in Sandtown-Winchester, the impoverished Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up and was arrested on April 12. Continue reading
The Great Recession may be over, but the number of children living in poverty or low-income families is still higher than pre-recession levels.
In Robert Putnam’s new book, “Our Kids,” he argues that America has become more segregated by class since the 1950s and uses his hometown of Port Clinton, Ohio, as an example. Learn what residents of Port Clinton are doing to tackle that socioeconomic divide. Continue reading
- Richer school districts in 23 states are receiving more local funding than their poorer counterparts
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that in 23 states, “per-pupil spending” by state and local governments is lower in poor school districts than in rich ones, in some cases as much as 33 percent lower. Nationwide, the average amount spent on students in poor school districts is $9,270 versus $10,721 for students in wealthy districts, based on U.S. Census data released by the National Center for Education Statistics last month.
During this time of year, millions of people across the country struggle to pay their heating bills. But how widespread is the issue of fuel insecurity, and what assistance is available? Mark Wolfe, Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington. Continue reading
In Asheville, N.C., and other cities across the country, funding cuts for the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program have meant that private nonprofits are left to fill in the gaps. Continue reading
As the brutal winter drags on for parts of the country, many low-income families are struggling to pay their energy bills. In North Carolina, local governments are increasingly partnering with private nonprofit organizations to try to find new ways to help poor families stay warm in the winter. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading
Children living among rubbish and human waste are especially susceptible to diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top killers of children under 5 worldwide. In this photo essay from Reuters, photographers capture “playgrounds” built among landfills and junkyards, and children swimming in polluted stagnant waters filled with garbage and excrement. Continue reading
In the rural West Virginia county of McDowell County, almost half of all children live apart from their parents. Families have splintered in the face of economic and social troubles, leaving many grandparents to take on the role of parenting. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters visits to see how public schools are supporting these caretakers to improve kids’ lives. Continue reading
Applicants with criminal backgrounds, including those with nonviolent criminal convictions or even arrests, are increasingly being driven into poverty. Even if it has been years since they’ve served time for past criminal infractions, those applying for jobs are often unable to find work — especially in a climate of extreme job competition. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading