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What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum

January 8, 2016

This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty.  This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of 18 percent in 2014, South Carolina ranks among the ten poorest states in the country and has one of…

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A Parent's Criminal Record has a Lifelong Impact…on Their Children

December 10, 2015

On December 10, 2015 , the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report entitled “Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their Children, A Two-Generation Approach.” This report is the first to focus on the lifelong impact a parent’s criminal record has on their children. According to the CAP Report, nearly…

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The State Fair, the Midway Express Access Pass and Privilege

September 30, 2015

It’s that time of year again when those of us with children, or those of us who are children at heart, are starting to think about the State Fair. Some of us are thinking about fried Oreos but the youngest at heart are thinking about the rides. Watching a child at the fair is a…

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Over 18% of South Carolina Residents Live in Poverty and 14% are Hungry

September 11, 2015

South Carolina had 14.1% percent of people living in households that were considered to be food insecure in 2011-2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual report released today. Close to 1 in 5 households lived in poverty during that same time.  Each year, the Census Bureau measures food insecurity through a series of…

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Children at Risk in South Carolina

August 7, 2015

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, a major initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was first published in 1990 and provides each state with a ranking, percentage, and itemized summary based on four criteria to assess overall child well-being and shows us a picture of children at risk based on these criteria:  education; health; economic…

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The School-to-Prison Pipeline …How Did We Get in this Mess?

July 29, 2015

The school-to-prison pipeline is the result of zero-tolerance policies and practices that push children out of school and into the juvenile or criminal justice system.  Zero-tolerance policies are rooted in the belief that removing students from schools when they when they misbehave makes schools safer. These policies forget we are talking about children and fail…

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What is Community Eligibility? It's about feeding hungry kids.

May 26, 2015

Every once in a while a program is available that makes us very excited here at SC Appleseed because it gets to one of the core issues, like hunger, that we are attempting to address – the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is one of those programs.  Schools in high‐poverty neighborhoods are able to offer both…

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Is there a School to Prison pipeline in your county?

April 21, 2015

A few weeks ago we told you about our recent win in Jasper County.  This week, we wanted to tell you more about the kids who were denied their right to an education and the School-to-Prison pipeline that is permanently altering the lives of so many kids in our state. Imagine being an 18 year…

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Kids in DSS Custody Can Get Help Transitioning to Adulthood

April 13, 2015

Imagine being 5 and a stranger comes to your house and takes you away. Before you were taken away you were hurt by someone in your home. You don’t get to live with your parents again. You are sent to a foster parent, if you’re lucky, but more likely in the state of SC you…

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SC Appleseed Wins Educational Services for Students in Jasper County Schools

March 19, 2015

Earlier this month, SC Appleseed received the great news that we were successful in our efforts to ensure that Jasper County School District (JCSD) would follow the law by serving all students in its schools.  In January, we filed an administrative complaint with the SC Department of Education against JCSD.  We have been working with…

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