Poverty Affects Area Children
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department
posted Jan 30 2014 2:57PM
The debate on raising the minimum wage and changing the system to be based off a living wage is an idea that will be brought up during this legislative session. While speaking to educators from Marshall County Representative Mark Smith pointed out what he believes to be an equalizer among students of all economic backgrounds.
“I think now is the time for the computer to help us with equalizing and helping children who are in poverty. I’d like to see us and other communities through opportunities like this and enable students to have more access to computers, more access in their homes.”
While education equality has been an issue accross the state. Many educators weighed in on what some of the real problems are.
- “It’s hard for them to come and learn and do their best when their basic needs aren’t being met.”
- “With clarification, there actually was $10 million worth of House incentives appropriated last year in education in the education reform bill for high needs. That’s what was not in the Governor’s budget.”
- “We’re doing the best that we can. But, you know, you can’t meet needs when you know they’re going home to different situations.”
And Representative Smith did agree with the greater problem at hand.
“You know, that’s so sad. Because we’re living in proximity to some of the best farmland in the world and the bread basket and for children in our state to be going without food is unbelievable.”
According to his State of the State Address, Governor Branstad has many plans for keeping Iowa education on track. However, his main concerns revolve around STEM Education and Internet Access.
--by 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke