News. Did you hear? After the San Francisco Chronicle reported on foster care abuse in California, judges and state lawmakers are calling for some shelters to be closed. Without an ID, many homeless people are trapped in a vicious cycle. When schools meet trauma with understanding rather than discipline, students can thrive, as in New Orleans. When Texas limited special education, English language learners were hurt the most. In Georgia, thousands were dropped from food stamps due to work requirements. And of course, Medicaid stories: Some states are tilting in conservative directions, and Wisconsin is advancing a proposal that would make it the first state to drug test for public health coverage.
Reporting resources. Interactive, graphics and data for you:
- About a third of investors in the U.S. say they provide financial help to an adult child, parent or both, Gallup reports, which hinders the ability of U.S. adults to achieve financial security in retirement. Two-thirds of those who provide help say it hinders their retirement savings.
- Few Americans support cuts to most government programs, including Medicaid, Pew reports. Polls in recent months show that only 12 percent want to decrease funding for Medicaid, Social Security and education. When split among the political parties, 56 percent of Republicans polled would cut “assistance to the needy in the world,” and 37 percent would cut “assistance to the needy in the U.S.”
- Want an interactive look at segregation by income across the states? The Center for American Progress developed a clickable map to see how poverty rates change drastically across public school districts.
- How about a news graphic about public pensions experiencing gains across the states? The Census Bureau created a map to see the top nine states for public-sector retirees. Nationally, they receive $1.48 for every $1 of total pension contributions.
- When it comes to the American Health Care Act, the majority of Americans want to see major changes or not pass it at all, Kaiser Family Foundation reports. About 31 percent have favorable views of the AHCA, versus 49 percent who have favorable views of the ACA.
Two viewpoints worth reading. Many times, poverty reporting isn’t straightforward. From time to time, I’ll bring you a few viewpoints that may encourage another thought or angle while reporting. This week:
- There is no evidence automation leads to joblessness or inequality, the Economic Policy Institute writes. Is it a media narrative? (They ask, not me!)
- School funding: Do poor kids get their share? The Urban Institute analyzes the numbers (with graph datapoints that move as you scroll down the page, very groovy) for state funding formulas.
Carefully curating for you,