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October 17, 2013

Poverty becomes norm for public students in South, West

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States with some of the biggest proportions of poor children spend the least on each student, the new study found. Mississippi, for example, spent $7,928 per student in 2011.

"More and more of these kids are in economic distress," said Gene Nichol, who directs the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina and wrote a recent series of stories published in the Raleigh News and Observer that chronicle poverty in that state. "And there's less and less political will to do the things needed to fix it."

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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