Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Child Poverty Dropping: Problems Persist

July 20, 2015
Plain English Version

The number of children living in poverty in the United States is dropping. About 14.7 million kids lived in poverty in 2013, down from 16.3 million in 2010, a ten percent reduction. That is good news.

The size of the decline is not the same for all groups. Black children had almost no reduction in the numbers who are poor. The number of Latino, Asian and white children in poverty has declined.

Among children under the age of 18 in 2013:Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 9.10.53 AM

  • 38.3 percent of black children lived in poverty
  • 10.7 percent of white children lived in poverty
  •  30.4 percent of Hispanic children lived in poverty
  •    10.1 percent of Asian children lived in poverty

The big debate has always been about the causes of poverty. Is it the lack of good jobs? Is it families headed by a single parent? Is it because of drugs and alcohol?

President Obama has said some changes can be done that will save money and restore lives.

Far too many people are in jail for non-violent crimes. A great many are in there for low-level drug sales. The stigma of having been in jail is often a barrier to finding a job. That problem can be fixed.

Other behaviors, such as failure to pay child support or riding a bike on a sidewalk, can lead to hard-to-pay fines. Breaking traffic laws also can lead to heavy fines. If traffic fines are not paid, a driver’s license can be taken away. The loss of a license to drive may mean problems in keeping and finding jobs.

Many liberals and conservatives agree that it is time to use common sense to reduce the poverty of minorities.

Source: The New York Times July 14, 2015

 

Print Friendly
Share

In Brief

How Does Exercise Fight Depression?

Experts say even mild stress can lead to depression. 

Scientists also say that exercise is a cushion against depression. Working out makes...

Teen Lungs Healthier When Air Pollution Drops

Most of the time when people resist the idea that climate matters, it is because doing something about it would cost money.

Advocates say a...

Slow Down on that Heartburn Drug

A new study adds to the findings that taking heartburn drugs creates risks.

The study says that some drugs can lead to a heart...

New Ways to Think About Treating ADHD

New studies show many people with ADHD are drawn to new and exciting experiences. They can be very impatient and restless with routine activities.

This...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by DictionaryBox.com
Click to listen highlighted text!