More Students Going Hungry: About 60 percent of teachers say they have students who are regularly in school and hungry, according to a national survey as reported by the Washington Post. The survey was conducted by nonprofit group Share Our Strength and also found that hungry students are more likely to have lower academic performance and suffer from health and behavior issues.
American Perception of Young Illegal Immigrants Is Easing: Four in 10 Americans are now in favor of providing free education, lunches and other benefits to children of illegal immigrants, even despite the increasing battles over harsh state immigration laws, USA Today reports. About 41 percent of those surveyed say they support such measures, an increase from 28 percent in 1995.
Alleged Discrimination Against Latinos in New Orleans Schools: The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a civil-rights complaint against Jefferson Parish schools in New Orleans, alleging the public school system allows employees to discriminate against students and failing to provide appropriate translators for limited-English speakers, the Associated Press reports. The complaint alleges the school has a systematic policy of demanding proof of citizenship before enrolling and graduating students and often refuses to help Spanish-speaking parents who do not speak English well.
TSA to Retrain Workers for Behavior Detection Program: The Transportation Security Administration will be retraining workers after several Boston officers lodged a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union that their colleagues were racially profiling as the result of poorly implemented TSA policies, CNN reports.
Older Women Make Better Philanthropists: Boomers are the most likely to give to charity, with boomer women likely to give more than men, according to a new report reported on by USA Today. The report found that women boomers and seniors usually had less retirement funds than men, but tended to live longer and are more generous with their charitable donations.
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