- Study: One-third of D.C. kids in poverty, despite improvements
- | Obama announces new education program focused on African Americans
- | Va., Md. parents bail on college savings plans
- |Education secretary urges balanced budget cuts
Obama announces new education program focused on African Americans
The official added that the initiative would be housed in the Education Department, which will work with the Executive Office and other Cabinet agencies to identify practices that will improve African Americans’ achievement in schools and colleges.
Education secretary urges balanced budget cuts
WASHINGTON—Services would have to be slashed for more than 1.8 million disadvantaged students and thousands of teachers and aides would lose their jobs when automatic budget cuts kick in, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.
The number of Virginians investing in state-run savings programs to help pay for college down the road dropped 70 percent over the last nine years, from more than 10,000 in 2003 to about 3,000 in 2012. In Maryland, participation in the so-called prepaid tuition 529 programs dropped by more than 45 percent, from 4,300 in 2003 to 2,300 in 2011, the latest year of available data.
The number of D.C. kids living in poverty is dropping, but still accounts for nearly one-third of the city’s youth, according to a national study released Wednesday. “Despite some improvement, there are still 31,000 children in D.C. living in poverty,” said Gwen Rubinstein, deputy director of D.C. Action for Kids, which helped conduct the research. “Even if the trend is down, that is still not good news.”