Study Shows Kids’ Test Scores Drop When Their Food Stamps Run Out

The drop-off in academic achievement happens immediately, every month. Source:  Talk Poverty/Rachael West Last week, researchers released a new study that confirms what every student, teacher, parent, and human being with a stomach already knew: It’s harder to think when you’re hungry. The study’s authors matched up the timing of math tests in South Carolina to the Read more »

This Year’s Poverty Data Look a Lot Different When You Break Them Down by Race

Source: Talk Poverty/Valerie Wilson & Janelle Jones Yesterday’s Census release of data on income, poverty, and health insurance demonstrated two things: There are policies that work for people who are struggling, and there is still a lot of work left to do—especially for people of color in America. It is encouraging that the people who Read more »

Why is it so hard to close the racial health gap in the US?

Source:  The Conversation/Shervin Assari The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain. Compared to whites, blacks live shorter and live fewer years free of illness. Blacks develop chronic disease on average one decade earlier than whites. Read more »

Wealthy Black Community in Maryland is under investigation by the GOP

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Prince George’s County, MD is home to 7 out of the 10 richest African American communities in the United States. More African American wealth is gathered in the county than anywhere else in the US. It is also home to the best educated in the nation as well. So it came as a shock when Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, requested Read more »

DeVos Appoints-White Acting Head of Office of Civil Rights

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Candice Jackson claimed discrimination for being white Candice Jackson is the new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Right.  And in case you were wondering, she is white. Jackson attended Stanford University in the mid-1990’s, while at Stanford she claimed discrimination because she was white.  On Wednesday, DeVos formally announced Read more »

Black Teachers can Keep Black Kids in School

Quite often black children are tasked with attending schools were black role models are in short supply.  According to a recent study, low-income black boys have a better success rate, by having a black teacher in the third, fourth, or fifth grade.  And by high school, if black children had one African American teacher, they Read more »

Chicago Police Federal Probe

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One week before the end of President Obama’s Administration, The Department of Justice headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch concluded a 13-month federal probe into the Chicago Police Department. The DOJ began investigating the CPD in December of 2015, after the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, and the subsequent uproar that ensued.  Because of protests Read more »