Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Tuesday, July 20, 2004  

Leave No Child Behind?

"Funding is being eliminated for a federal program that pays the children of migrant workers across the country to stay in school instead of working in fields.
The Department of Labor program pays some young people minimum wage to stay in school while migrating with their parents, who travel across the country looking for seasonal farm work.
Coordinators in 31 states and Puerto Rico were told there was no money to operate the program this year, leaving them to find alternate sources, petition Congress or drop the program.
'This is a remarkable abandonment of the most vulnerable youth,' said David Strauss, executive director of the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs. 'I don't know what's going to happen to those kids.'
Repeated telephone messages left this week for Labor Department officials weren't returned. "

posted by lazarus | 18:04 | |
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