Poverty
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Show me the money

Poverty | Very little of the thousands spent per pupil in New York City actually makes it to the classroom
by Alisa Harris
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Kay, a New York City public-school teacher, and her six disabled students get one box of Kleenex every two months. In a state that is running a deficit to spend $14,884 to educate each pupil, Kay's school still has to ration paper towels, cleaning wipes, and soap. "I have some broken crayons, lots of construction paper, and they give out glue and markers," Kay said. "But that's about the extent of it."

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Rockefeller in 1884

A habit of thrift

Poverty | John D.
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Historians, like reporters, enjoy unusual stories, so the tale of a lavish late-19th-century party with dogs dressed in tuxedos is familiar to many. Stories also get around of parties where guests drained hundreds of cases of champagne and hundreds of gallons of terrapin soup. Some among the rich were like Mrs. Leland Stanford, wife of a multimillionaire senator, who wore $250,000 in gems when she went out, kept 60 different diamond rings, and served tea from a pot of solid gold.

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Giving that worked

Poverty | With "work tests" for the able-bodied and disdain for indiscriminate givers, Christians in the past fought urban poverty with generosity plus discernment
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/14/09, 12:00 am

Christians want to be generous, and that's as it should be. But we can learn from our predecessors who emphasized that generosity is only the first step. If we act without discernment, our generosity may actually be selfishness that gives ourselves a warm glow but hurts others.

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