“Every year, 1.2 million students’ drop out of high school in the United States. “That’s a student that drops out of school every 26 seconds which is about 7000 students a day!” (Miller) On average, most high school drop outs are incapable of keeping a steady and stable job. As a result, dropouts make minimum wage salaries and receive a low overall income. Over half the population, fall under the low-income umbrella living paycheck to paycheck. Studies have examined how the socioeconomic status is associated with factors that impact the education of the youth.
—Barack Obama Unequal Equality America is the land of freedom and opportunity — or at least it used to be. Over the past few decades the U.S. has declined in areas regarding economic, racial, and educational equality. There have been far too many hard-working citizens left behind in low-class. Far too many racially motivated killings and outcomes have occurred in this country. And far too many students are either not able to afford college, or can 't find a job once they 're out.
Art Education Cuts in American Schools In a recent study taking place in 2008 we have discovered that eighty percent of schools nationwide have made budget cuts to their public education programs (Boyd 1).Why are eighty percent of public schools facing funding decreases and how are they cutting out arts programs to keep funds in education? Throughout America, school systems have decided to reduce the budget of or completely cut the art programs in public schools. (don’t know where to put this) With the recent economic downturn in 2007-2009, states have made budget cuts in public K-12 education systems. With the statewide budgets being decreased, less money is available to be spread amongst the individual counties. Incorporating the lessened
In the past segregation of schools was a major issue for educational equality. Today there is still an issue with equal educational opportunities in addition to the issue of standardized testing. More than likely in the future there will still be an issue with standardized testing as well as minority students not being able to attend colleges because of college loan problems. Another effect is high unemployment due to minorities not being able to get a college education because most jobs now are requiring education beyond high school. One thing that is being done today is that some schools are placing less emphasis on the SAT as a requirement for admission.
“Overall, researchers were able to document a ‘poverty-related effect’ on children’s mental health and behavior” (Bassuk 499). In the state of Michigan there were more than 38,000 homeless children attending public schools in the year 2013 (Seidel A2). Homeless children are at increased risk of dropping out of school because their parents are not aware of the federal law that was passed in 1987 specifically to prevent homeless children from dropping out of school. The law is called the McKinney-Vento law. Prior to 1987 homeless children were unable to meet enrollment requirements in schools because they could not show proof of residency, and did not have school and health records.
In The Arc, I also found that levels of restraint and seclusion has recently added up since previous years, having reported “harmful use of these interventions in over two-thirds of the states, involving children as young as three years old in both public and private school settings”. Lastly, transition was one of the many issues special education children face in schools today. As these children continue to age, transition planning and resources for students continue to worsen. This has parents wondering where they can send their special needs child to transition from school systems to a mature lifestyle. In The Arc, it is reported that “Every year between 150,000-200,000 students with disabilities age out of special education (in most states) at age 22”.
The school has had to make budget cuts but thankfully has kept the band program. This is one example of an extremely fortunate school, but unfortunately this isn 't the reality of it for every school. Many schools in the Chicago area have had to cut their music and arts programs. They laid off over 1,000 teachers and 10 percent of them being art or music teachers. Chicago sadly isn 't alone in these cuts, Philadelphia schools have started to follow this unfortunate trend.
“Midwestern metropolitan areas have experienced a decline in native workers by 3.3 percent” (Brunswick, 2014) however, the influx of immigrant workers have tripled in the last decade. When the recession began in December 2009 large cities felt the preverbal “hit” first which in turn
Over the last ten to twelve years, a large amount of treatment facilities have shut down due to funding (What source?). By shutting these facilities down, it has forced those with mental illness on the streets of America, where law enforcement has had to learn to interact, and be able to deal with them. This puts a great strain on law enforcement manpower by having to get them evaluated, which could tie the officer up for many hours and keeping them from doing their duties; this is a huge strain on the smaller agencies who may only have two to three officers on duty. What is mental health, as defined by Oxford dictionary it is “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and
Impact of current economic downturn on public workforce The current economic downturn has had an impact on the public workforce. It has created a tremendous shortage in the public health sector. Generally, almost 15 million Americans are out of work and about five million of them have been out of work for half-a-year or more. Most people have had their hours cut down, working an average workweek of 33 hours. Many who had full-time jobs experienced pay cuts, and reduced benefits and hours, in order to share the pain and thus avoid mass layoffs (Paul Solman 2009).