BY NISA ISLAM MUHAMMAD – Published in FinalCallNews.com
WASHINGTON—According to the Children’s Defense Fund, nearly one in five or 13.2 million children in the U.S. are poor, more than 1.2 million public school children are homeless and the majority of all public school fourth and eighth graders cannot read at grade level.
These disheartening statistics are from The Children’s Defense Fund’s “The State of America’s Children® 2017” report which details the immoral and preventable poverty, homelessness, hunger, health problems, poor education and violence plaguing children who are America’s responsibility and future.
The Children’s Defense Fund contends it is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans.
“This is one of the scariest times America’s children have faced in the struggle to level the playing field as the last 50 years of progress in child health coverage, nutrition, and education are under assault,” said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund.
“We should be building on what we know works and moving forward, not backwards, to improve the odds for children who need our protection. We urge the American public to stand up and stop this war on children now.”