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The Future of the American Experiment is in Your Hands
Monday, 22 August 2011 15:28

What does "Back to school" mean?

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During 2009, an average of 15.6 million children received food stamps each month, an increase of 65 percent in just 10 years.

An estimated 114,000 children are in foster care waiting to be adopted.

Every two minutes a child enters foster care.

The youth jobless rate for teens 16 to 19 in July 2010 was higher than at any time in the past five decades.

The number of girls arrested has grown by 50 percent since 1980.

Florida is the state with the highest number of children in adult prisons (393).

Every 8 seconds a high school student drops out.

Every 18 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.

Every minute a baby is born to a teen mother.

Every 21 seconds a child is arrested.

Every 4 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.

Every 8 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.

Every 18 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.

Every 5 hours a child or teen commits suicide.

Every 5 hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.

Each day in America, 18,493 public school students are suspended.

 

For a fuller account, please refer to this site where these statistics were gathered. http://preaprez.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/as-the-school-year-starts-its-a-sad-story-for-the-growing-numbers-of-poor-kids-in-america/

 

Can anyone honestly say that corporate educational reforms (profitable privatization, vouchers, deregulation, cutting social services, firing teachers and ending their pensions, etc.) have anything whatsoever to do with these realities?

Shame on every politician who shirks public responsibility while adding to the confusion of public issues in order to profit his/her political campaign funds by pandering to multinational corporate donors, extremist ideologies, and an intentionally misinformed electorate.

Please support public education and real education reform. http://parentsacrossamerica.org/

- Ken Previti

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