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  • The Center for Public Integrity: Abandoned in America

    President Donald Trump has declared the United States’ economy to be “the best economy we've ever had in the history of our country.” His administration likewise declared the nation’s decades-long war on poverty “largely over and a success.” So during the summer of 2018, Center for Public Integrity reporters visited six communities where residents say the crushing effects of poverty and government neglect aren’t improving — they’ve gone from bad to worse. Problems range from broken education systems to unlivable housing to infrastructure fit for the third world. One factor bound them together: a profound lack of political clout on the eve of the 2018 midterm election that would determine the balance of power in Washington. Our work led to the publishing of “Abandoned in America” — a six-part, 27,000-word series published over two weeks during October 2018.
  • Schooled Out of Poverty

    Education Week tells the story of the Wolfe County School System. Wolfe County, located in eastern Kentucky, is one of the poorest counties in the United States -- 40 percetn of its residents live bellow the federal poverty line. Efforts have been made to improve Wolfe County (President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty was, in part, directed at the county), however little has changed. Today, residents believe a solid education for the region's young people will help the younger generation finally break free from poverty. Education Week examines evidence from other, similar districts that seems to indicate that the residents of Wolfe Country have to reasons to be hopeful.
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    Over a one year period the Dayton Daily News published nearly 100 stories exposing corruption in the Community Action Agencies in Ohio. The stories documented how these legacies of The War on Poverty are being betrayed both by anti-poverty administrators and the federal and state bureaucrats charged with oversight. (1995)
  • The Success Story of the War on Poverty: If it's really a Head Start, why are we still dragging our feet?

    Washington Monthly charts the history of Head Start, from its conception in President Johnson's War on Poverty to its current struggles for funding and acceptance from public school teachers, December 1989.