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  •  Poverty is a unifying theme... (1+ / 0-)
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    On average, poor students perform worse than their better off peers. Schools with large concentrations of poor students will have lower test scores, more social disruptions, etc. than schools in more affluent neighborhoods. The best way to raise the achievement levels of these poor children is to pay their parents a living wage that will help provide a stable home environment where they may more easily grow and flourish. Studies of Texas charter schools have shown that charter schools suffer the same fate as public schools when dealing with an impoverished student population.

    One Chicago is a good first step to building a broad based grass roots movement to take back the city. I'm not sure how long One Pittsburgh has been active in my hometown, but they have been a great help and resource in our efforts to bring the SEIU into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Another strong ally has been the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, a multi-demonomational, multi-congregational organization that has the moral and ethical standing to bring current and future political leaders to openly declare their support for community needs, and the votes to hold them accountable for their actions. The key is to organize and put as many boots on the ground as you can. We are the 99%, after all :)

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