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  • The High Cost of Being Poor

    This series shows how businesses and merchants in the Buffalo area prey upon people living near poverty level. Examples include corner grocery stories that illegally cash checks and charge super-high fees, predatory loans for housing and cars, and the high cost of using rent-to-own appliances.
  • Chicago Matters: Money matters

    These three series; "Chasing the Dream," Paycheck to Paycheck," and "Paper Bag Test," examined how money and financial matters affects different individuals and families around Chicago. "Chasing the Dream" revealed that whites earning less than $30,000 a year had a better chance of getting home loans than blacks earning more than $90,000 a year."Paycheck to Paycheck" revealed that thousands of families don't earn what they need just to meet their basic expenses. "Paper Bag Test" showed that the major retailers have three times the number of outlets in the predominantly white areas of Chicago than in the predominantly black areas.
  • Special Report: Best Schools

    Reporters from the Buffalo News investigate how poverty level affect student test scores in nine local elementary schools. What they found was that, in most cases, schools with children from lower ecomonic backgrounds often faired better than higher income students in suburban schools. "We considered these to be the schools doing the best job educating students--rather than the schools that happened to have students from the best economic backgrounds." This investigation also looks into how financial contributions from each school district affected student academic success.
  • Improving Our Schools (Seattle Times School Guide)

    In most schools, there's a strong relationship between poverty level and student achievement: Low income is usually tightly linked to low scores. But a handful of area schools are shattering that mold, achieving significantly more than could be predicted from their student demographics. Their methods could be instructive to schools anywhere.
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    The Tucson (AZ) Citizen, in a 14 - part series provides an in-depth examination of violence against and by children, showing how changes in American culture and economy have proved devastating to the family and to children. The series shows how rising poverty levels, massive job insecurity and the loss of decent working class jobs contribute to juvenile violence, September 1994.