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Misuse of poverty funding hurts poorer kids
October 23rd 2014

Last week, the joint legislative education committee met to make spending recommendations in education. The committee made a few recommendations that involved more spending. They suggested putting more money towards technology, substitute teachers, and English language learners (ELL). Alternative learning environments (for students with academic or behavioral challenges) would also see more funding. But, they did not recommend any changes in school poverty funding - for a fourth year in a row.  Yikes. 

Wonky Word Wednesday: Living wage
October 21st 2014

Imagine coming home after working a ten hour shift at a minimum wage job. Its pay day, but you're stuck having to make a tough decision for your family. Your rent is due, you're running low on groceries for the week, the car you use to get to work is on empty, and your daughter needs a new pair of shoes. With all of these competing and essential needs, what do you choose? Do you wait to get your children the pair of shoes they desperately need and put gas in the vehicle you need to get you to and from work? Do you pay the rent and stretch out ramen and potato chips for the week? 

Arkansas had Nation's largest drop in uninsured, but challenges remain
August 6th 2014

As Arkansans rightly celebrate a remarkable decrease in the percentage of the state’s uninsured adults, it’s a good time to reflect on how our state accomplished this feat.

What would it take to be number one?
July 25th 2014

Every year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the Kids Count Data Book, a comprehensive, 50-state look at child welfare. Arkansas made gains in health coverage and education over the last year, but the child poverty rate went up to 29 percent. Those ups and downs are consistent with national trends, but what would it take for Arkansas to climb all the way up to the top? This document shows the numbers Arkansas would have to reach to meet the U.S. average, and to be number one. For example, 200,000 Arkansas children live in poverty. We'd have to lower that number to 89,655 if we wanted to have the lowest child poverty rate in the country. 

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