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In Appreciation: Jason DeParle

Jason DeParle cuts to the quick. I had to re-read this sentence in Sunday's New York Times just to try and make sense of it: About six...


Jason DeParle cuts to the quick.I had to re-read this sentence in Sunday's New York Times just to try and make sense of it:About six million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income.What does this have to do with education, you ask?Plenty, if in Florida alone nearly half of the households where food stamps represent the only source of income include families with children- impacting more than 100,000 under the age of 17. Combined with news nearly a month ago that food stamp use was approaching record highs, helping to feed one in four American children.For DeParle's next installment of The Safety Net, I can imagine no more compelling a narrative than one based in a classroom-or through the lens of Prentice Freeman, age 3, who is pictured above.And if you haven't yet read American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare, I highly recommend that you do.Photo via
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