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  •  Just once I wish a Congressperson like him (11+ / 0-)

    would actually go observe a high-needs school on a Monday morning at breakfast time.
    It doesn't matter what level--high school, middle school, or elementary would do--although the elementary school would be most poignant for anyone with feelings.
    Watch how the kids concentrate on their food and carefully spoon cereal into their mouths, for example. Many of them haven't had much to eat all weekend.
    Talk to the school nurse (if the school is lucky enough to have its own and not share with other schools in the district) and ask about the spare clothes s/he collects so some kids can go outside at recess (if there is one), or go home wearing socks and a warm coat, because they didn't come to school properly dressed.
    Ask the nurse, too, or maybe the janitorial staff, about the washer/dryer at the school so the kids can have dirty clothes washed while wearing things from the spare-clothing box. Lots of those kids hardly have heat at home, much less the wherewithal to run the washer-dryer (if they have one) or pay for the laundromat (assuming there's one close enough).
    Ask how many kids and their families lost everything--and I mean everything--in a recent fire in their substandard housing. Ask how many teachers contributed either money or goods to help make things better.
    Go. Watch. Ask. It's not hard to find a school like this, either in DC or your home district.
    Then see what you can do about jobs and poverty that won't humiliate any kids.

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