poverty http://wwno.org en Tulane Report About Poverty And Education In New Orleans Defies Expectations http://wwno.org/post/tulane-report-about-poverty-and-education-new-orleans-defies-expectations <p>Tulane University’s Cowen Institute released a <a href="http://www.coweninstitute.com/our-work/applied-research/nola-by-the-numbers/nbtn-february-2014">report</a> Wednesday about poverty and educational outcomes in New Orleans, with some unexpected results.</p><p>Eighty-four percent of students in New Orleans are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, an indicator of poverty. And that number has grown by 9 percent since Katrina.</p><p>And yet, the average school performance score in New Orleans rose 41 percent during that same period.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:09:05 +0000 Janaya Williams 59779 at http://wwno.org Struggling Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty http://wwno.org/post/struggling-families-lift-themselves-out-poverty It's been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty." But today, the poverty rate in the U.S. is the highest it's been in 17 years, affecting some 46 million people.<p>The economy is partly to blame, but even in good times, millions of Americans are poor.<p>That's been a longtime concern for Maurice Lim Miller. He ran social service programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:02:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 15711 at http://wwno.org