SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s numbers are grim

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

* From a press conference announcement…

[Chicago Coalition for the Homeless] ran a statewide survey in December 2013 that asked public school districts and Regional Offices of Education to respond about the level of services reaching children and teens identified as homeless students. Sixty-seven percent responded - 36 of 54 sub-grantees under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Key findings include:

    · 52% responded that more than half of their homeless students do not receive needed tutoring or access to preschool.
    · 56% said that less than half of homeless students received counseling
    · 44% said their staffing capacity to identify and enroll homeless students is limited or very limited
    · 21% responded that less than half of homeless students get transportation assistance to get to and from school

The Illinois State Board of Education has proposed to restore $3 million in FY15 state funding for grants to school districts for services to homeless students, but the proposal must still be approved by the Governor and the state legislature. Funding was awarded for only one year, during FY09, though homeless enrollment in schools across Illinois has risen 109% over the past five years.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


25 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    And this is one of the many reasons why pension reform was needed.


  2. - independent - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    People don not realize how many school aged youth are homeless, its a big but hidden issue.


  3. - Right Field - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    The 109% increase is just in those that have been identified. Certainly by high school, the homeless work very hard to not be identified as such because of the stigma. A related area, situational poverty, is exploding also. A great deal of needs not being met.


  4. - Union Man - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    Sad for one of the richest countries in the world!


  5. - olddog - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    @ Anonymous 11:23am —

    Agreed. And it’s also one of the many reasons why a graduated income tax is needed.


  6. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    Seriously, this is where government is supposed to step up to the plate. How is this not a priority for a Dem governor and GA?


  7. - fed up - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    well I see an oppurtunity for Quinn. He can send his ReV. Friends 50-60million just before the elction to handle “outreach” that way he is assured the street teams have money to get out the vote. no need to keep records this is Illinois we dont need those.


  8. - A guy... - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    I can’t figure out how you could appropriately educate homeless students, let alone tutor, counsel or enroll them in pre-school. I’m not even certain how you figure out what school they are supposed to attend. Education is this case would seem to be a symptom of a greater housing problem. There’s got to be a more methodical approach to this. Food, Shelter, Clothing. Then education. This is sad and very difficult. Sounds like we need charter homes to go with charter schools if we can’t make this work with public housing and public schools. Lot of work to do on this one.


  9. - Downstater - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:06 pm:

    A state audit released this morning questions 40% of taxpayer dollars spent on community organizations in Chicago and Cook County. Maybe, accountability is warranted.


  10. - train111 - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    Mrs train111 teaches in a school that has had/has homeless students. Some of the stories she tells are heartbreaking. This is in suburban Chicago, and it seems to be more swept under the rug there. We don’t have the same problems as Chicago after all.
    It exists however.


  11. - dupage dan - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:13 pm:

    Hmmm, right before an election we get yet another story of folks in need. Not doubting the need, just the juxtaposition. Should we be as jaded and cynical as “fed up” and say it is just another lead up to a $50 million boondoggle?


  12. - Kevin Highland - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    As the parent of a boomerang child that returned with my grandchild, I think the world needs to know that the school district counts my grandchild as homeless. This is because the parent doesn’t have a rental agreement or utilities in her name.

    So while there are likely homeless (living in cars, etc) children, I question the numbers presented due to school age kids & their parents living with relatives.


  13. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    DD, if you read the post, the problem was identified as far back as FY09. And the grants go to school districts. What connection are you making?


  14. - Bobby Hill - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    As long as we still get our turf football field I am ok with funding the $3M in homeless stuff too.

    /obvious snark.


  15. - Robert - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    I don’t mean to argue that homelessness isn’t an issue for kids — it is. But be careful drawing any conclusion related to statistical analysis of homeless students. In many Chicago suburban districts and even at high achieving city schools, students who live out of district often falsely claim they are “homeless” in order to enroll. It’s a very common occurrence that gets very little attention.


  16. - Wensicia - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Educating homeless students is especially hard in the suburbs as these families move from community to community and are hard to track without a permanent address or phone number to access.


  17. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:33 pm:

    While we’re busy identifying revenue sources to fund a new capital spending bill, how about we also find a way to throw $3 million or even $30 million towards our homeless kids?

    Or we use some of that corporate welfare we’ve been handing out like candy right for the sake of our children rather than our already profitable corporations?

    We can do so much better than this.


  18. - YO - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    Agree with A Guy. But this should shed light on the myriad of jobs that people employed in EDUCATION are doing. For many kids, if school is closed they don’t eat. Their free breakfasts and lunches, provided by the school are not available. And anyone would dare to wonder why teachers can’t mass produce Rhodes Scholars? We ask the world of our schools and they are home and family to many kids. To expect learning and achievement of some of these children is asking for the world in spite of the best intentions and efforts of educators. Those who’ve never set foot in a school since their graduation or on parent night/conferences for their own kids are clueless.


  19. - Tommydanger - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 12:44 pm:

    I’m confident that technology and construction techniques will continue to improve to allow for the construction of taller and taller fences.


  20. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    This is why everyone who mocks clean government types need to look at themselves. Taxpayers would be a lot more willing to fork over money to help homeless schoolkids if they didn’t see stories of multi-million dollar anti-violence programs being used as slush funds, cronies with criminal records getting hired, pols doling out prestigious university scholarships and admission help to contributors, etc. etc. etc. Similarly, it’s not just that public pensions are so high, it’s HOW they got so high: not from good faith negotiations but from politicians who knew the day of reckoning was coming and not only made these indefensible deals anyway, but did so while protecting themselves from political challengers (gerrymandering, campaign finance laws giving more power to the party leaders, refusing to back independents when they did get into office, etc.). How do the Combine Democrats make a case for such worthy programs when they’re already dancing around a promised-to-be temporary income tax hike? You could have a new program for this tomorrow: give Chicago a casino and target all the new revenues for it - see how Mike (via puppet Lou) and Rahm react to that one. The reason Raunner has been successful to-date: he’s offering the free lunch and the voices who should be showing him up and shouting him down are tainted.


  21. - Sunshine - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    Not sure if Children’s Homes could exist today the way they used to, but it sounds to me like there is a need for such institutions today. Years back they were for the most part church sponsored, as well as supported by private donations.

    All the homes had their own staff, cafeterias, vegetable farms and many had canneries and cattle/hogs/chickens. All had their own schools.

    Perhaps we should be looking back at what worked? I think their demise was due in great part to government rules and regulations which were cumbersome and restrictive, without benefiting the children or their care.


  22. - Montrose - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    *Hmmm, right before an election we get yet another story of folks in need. Not doubting the need, just the juxtaposition. Should we be as jaded and cynical as “fed up” and say it is just another lead up to a $50 million boondoggle?*

    No. This is budget advocacy. The Coalition is working to make sure this money is in the FY15 budget. They work on this budget issue and many others that impact homelessness every year. The fact that it is an election year is just coincidence.


  23. - olddog - Thursday, Feb 27, 14 @ 5:24 pm:

    @ Sunshine 1:18 pm

    Agreed that we can learn from the past, but if you look back at the actual reasons for the demise of orphanages, I think you’ll find that “government rules and regulations” were pretty low down on the list. Mostly they phased out because of rising prosperity and a growing perception in the early 1900s that there were better ways to care for children than institutionalizing them. The Johns Hopkins Magazine had a good takeout article that explained some of this history in 1996, available at …

    http://www.jhu.edu/jhumag/496web/orphange.html

    In many cases, social service providers branched out to address other needs as the need for orphanages waned in the early 1900s. I know Lutheran Social Services of Illinois started with an orphanage out by the Quad-Cities, and they weren’t the only providers who evolved with changing times.

    http://www.lssi.org/Support/History.aspx

    I don’t want to take away from your main point, though. As government backs away from its commitments, maybe we need to look at a new generation of children’s homes. But knee-jerk rhetoric about “government regulations” won’t add very much to that conversation.


  24. - Sunshine - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 8:32 am:

    Good info olddog.

    Actually it isn’t a knee jerk reaction, on my part, regarding government regulations. I experienced it myself along with nearly 500 other Home brothers and sisters, and have watched it progress and eat away at the foundation of a great institution, and many others like it. Our Children’s Home was strong and viable through the 1980s.

    It was real for me and a first hand experience of how good intentioned actions, not properly thought through and followed through, can destroy good institutions. I am but one story.

    Given what we know today and see in action, perhaps it’s time to revisit the concept?


  25. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 8:55 am:

    canon fodder for the prison system,more downstate prison jobs.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* State receipts down $5 billion, unpaid health insurance claims top $3 billion
* Lawsuit filed by unpaid social service providers
* Games people play
* Lucas threatens to walk
* Whistling past the graveyard
* Group warns another power generator has hands out in GA
* Graduated tax hike blasted
* Today's quotable
* *** LIVE *** Session Coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Unlocked dual SIM LG G5 is on sale at $575 with top-rated eBay seller
* New HTC 10 commercial highlights the greatness of the front-facing camera
* YouTube app gets ‘Up Next’ autoplay feature
* LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging
* T-Mobile rebrands ‘evil’ rival AT&T as The DeATTh Star for this year’s May the Fourth
* India puts a stop to Apple’s efforts of bringing used iPhones into the budget-friendly market
* T-Mobile rebels against the DeATTh Star with new Chrome extension

* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot
* Abreu's bat sizzling after early fizzle
* Rodon moves up as series continues with Red Sox
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu stays hot
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace
* Quintana quiets Red Sox as Abreu sets pace

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Gov. Rauner and state agencies sued for breach .....
* Gov. Rauner and State Agencies Sued for Breach .....
* Gov. Rauner and State Agencies Sued for Breach .....
* Area legislators working to keep local facility.....
* Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choic.....
* Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choic.....
* Illinois Commission Fails To Approve Closure Of.....
* MELLODY HOBSON vs. Friends of the Parks — DOROT.....
* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bil.....
* Horsemen Want In On Gaming Covernsation – Alton.....


* EXCHANGE: Veteran's lost dog tag returned 45 years later
* Illinois youth home worker pleads not guilty in teen's death
* Urbana officers hope crime lab can help solve 1988 cold case
* EXCHANGE: The legend of Bloody Gulch Road lives on
* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* U of Illinois students now must take minority culture class
* Roadwork for high-speed rail starts this month in Normal
* Chicago social club reports breach of guests' personal data
* Belleville votes to dissolve overlapping township
* Dynegy to shut down 3 generating plants in southern Illinois

* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* Legislative remap amendment proposal receives approval in Illinois House
* Caterpillar moving mining division offices to Arizona
* Legislative panel votes against plan to close Kewanee youth detention center
* Graduated income tax proposal delayed in House, expected to come up Wednesday
* Price, demand driving Illinois' hog farm expansion
* Medicaid policy may deny access to HIV medication
* Rauner: Graduated tax would be bad for the state
* Suit: Illinois law restricting child sex offenders too vague
* Medical marijuana panel meets to evaluate 15 new conditions

* 'The King and I,' Improv Fest, a new Second City show
* Amtrak allows bikes on trains between Milwaukee and Chicago
* Takata set to recall at least 35 million more air bag inflators
* Advocacy group says Illinois same-day fantasy sports bill lacking
* Why the big rail work on 75th Street will have to wait


* Police warn of Northwest Side burglaries
* Hulu will offer live-streaming service in 2017
* It’s Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
* AP: John Kasich to end White House bid
* GM Hahn ‘extremely impressed’ by White Sox performance
* Obama guidance, press schedule May 4, 2016. Flint, Michigan
* Hillary, Donald and the gender wars
* Univ. of Iowa student from Naperville says attackers used slurs
* Police: Suspect in Elgin robbery found floating in Fox River
* The Nationals should be a challenge for the Cubs — should be


* Obama visiting Flint for first time since water crisis began
* Report: Prince tried to meet with doctor before death
* Iraqi demagogue leads the fight for Iraqi democracy
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropping out of presidential race: AP sources
* Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Texas company
* 80,000 evacuated as Canada wildfire consumes whole neighborhoods
* How to get 'Hamilton' tickets in Chicago
* Police: Assault of Naperville student at University of Iowa is possible hate crime
* Weak US hiring report sends stocks lower on Wall Street
* Oh, 'Bad Moms' movie, please be funny


* Advocacy group says Illinois fantasy sports bill needs work
* Legislative remap amendment proposal receives approval in Illinois House
* Our View: Bring some transparency to SHS coaching search
* Catherine Rampell: Hillary Clinton is a fiscal conservative — look it up
* E.J. Dionne Jr.: The irony of celebrity populism
* Michael Gerson: The state of disunion
* Pete Giangreco: Illinois should move ahead on automatic voter registration
* Caterpillar moving mining division offices to Arizona
* Legislative panel votes against plan to close Kewanee youth detention center
* Graduated income tax proposal delayed in House, expected to come up Wednesday


* UPDATED: Kasich dropping out, AP sources say; Trump on clear GOP path
* Man exonerated of 1999 murder sues Lake County, Waukegan
* Roadwork for high-speed rail starts this month in Normal
* Diamond the size of a tennis ball could fetch $70 million
* Sept. 11 families seek answers in secret pages
* Trump shifts to new campaign phase, dismisses GOP critics
* Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was close to disgraced grandfather
* Accident closes Illinois 1 south of Paris
* Minnesota college system bars team travel to North Carolina
* Is Black back with Illini?


* Weekend picks: Saddle up for Opening Day at Arlington Park
* Have a mint julep in honor of Derby Day
* Make Mother's Day memorable with food, glorious food
* Streamwood police release video of armed robbery suspect
* Report: Naperville teen the victim of a hate crime

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin gets update on Jackson Center activ......
* Durbin fields questions about the NGA deci......
* Durbin: County, state have 'strong case' i......
* Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with students in s......

* Relocating NGA to North St. Louis is a big......
* Whistling past the graveyard - The Capitol......
* Rep. Lang Calls On Sen. Kirk To Act - FOX ......

* Disbarred Illinois lawyer gets four years in federal prison for mortgage scheme
* Hastert's annual $28,000 state pension to continue despite prison sentence
* Manufacturing group protests effort to remove one of Illinois' few economic advantages
* Kasich plans 5 PM announcement today
* Thorner: Heartland Institute Panel: Vaping as a Public Policy 'War' - Part 2
* Trumps and Sanders win Indiana; Cruz suspends campaign
* Governor proclaims May 5th a day of prayer in Illinois
* Starkehaus: The Long Journey to #NeverTrump
* May Day in Brooklyn.
* Teachers (Pat Conroy).


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller