Poverty level rises as more kids qual...

Poverty level rises as more kids qualify for free lunches

There are 20 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Feb 16, 2010, titled Poverty level rises as more kids qualify for free lunches. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Poverty levels in most Windham County schools inched upward last year, and the rate across the county far exceeds the state average, according to data released by the Vermont Department of Education.

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jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#1 Feb 17, 2010
Cheer up kids With all the "Wind coming from Washington" your folks will be able to get a decent paying job on the Wind Farms and be able to afford lunches//
Elmer j Fudd

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Feb 17, 2010
And now I find out my taxes are paying for free lunches for a bunch of brats who should never have been born to lazy losers who can't afford to support them - and they're 51% of the school population! That's the libtards' strategy of making more Democrats - subsidize the reproduction of entitled welfare hippies. What ever happened to "no free lunch"? Let these kids and their parents starve until the survivors learn to work for what they eat!
Franklin Maker

Ripton, VT

#3 Feb 18, 2010
First I would like to know how much a school lunch cost these days. Second I would want to know how many of these kids come from families that are out there working 2 jobs and how many are from families that just sit on there backside and get a state check. The sad part is for a bunch of these kids it will be the only real meal they get. The children are real victims that will fall into a cycle that needs to end. Individual rights individual responsibility
beaglesarecute

Dover, NH

#4 Feb 18, 2010
If I remember correctly, lunches in the high school are around $2.50 a day. Breakfast would be extra. I imagine that increasing unemployment and underemployment has something to do with the rise in free or reduced lunches. Of course there are parents who don't want to work and get what ever they can for free. There always is and always has been. I don't believe we should penalize the children. No one should have to go hungry.
Joe

Cuttingsville, VT

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Why ask for a living wage from an employer when the government will provide section 8 housing, food stamps, school lunches, EIC, heating oil, day care. Just hold a job for pocket change and let the government army of workers shuffle paperwork to hand out aid to people.

One city school system figured out all the paperwork was costing so much they might as well just feed all the kids so did just that because it was cheaper than processing all the paperwork. I think they had 90% of the kids getting free lunch so just feed the rest and stopped bothering with paperwork.

I guess once everyone is down to part time & minimum wage the government can provide housing for everyone and include all untilities and give people a weekly food allowance and their so called job will be like an allowance while Uncle Sam supports them.
jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#6 Feb 19, 2010
Joe again on the money, I questioned this all along, asking why the ski industry doesn't pay a livable wage while helping some of these people stay in a rut.Another question, who in this Worlds Economy has to lower there standard of living if the other countries cant bring theres up=="US" I believe most of the ski areas are owned by out of state interest groups now.I know at least three families in the Spfld area that is trapped in this mess welfare and ski industry, having trouble keeping there heads above water/I gues Comrad Berney likes it that way.
Your Neighbor

Bangor, ME

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Elmer j Fudd wrote:
And now I find out my taxes are paying for free lunches for a bunch of brats who should never have been born to lazy losers who can't afford to support them - and they're 51% of the school population! That's the libtards' strategy of making more Democrats - subsidize the reproduction of entitled welfare hippies. What ever happened to "no free lunch"? Let these kids and their parents starve until the survivors learn to work for what they eat!
I work in the schools. This clearly is not the children's fault. It is unkind to make such statements. It is un-American & unconscionable to allow children go hungry.
The Brattleboro Informer

Florham Park, NJ

#8 Feb 19, 2010
Your Neighbor wrote:
<quoted text>I work in the schools. This clearly is not the children's fault. It is unkind to make such statements. It is un-American & unconscionable to allow children go hungry.
What you say is true, but it's also un-American to expect these so called parents to cut into their booze, cigarettes, and scratch off ticket budget to provide lunch money for their kids.

"Educators across the state are trying to figure out how to raise the test scores of students from poverty who lag behind and Stahley said the economy is putting more pressures on families."

You would think with all the extra time these so called parents have from not working, they could tear themselves away from the big screen for a little while and spend some time helping their kids with school work.
Joe

Cuttingsville, VT

#9 Feb 19, 2010
Your Neighbor wrote:
<quoted text>I work in the schools. This clearly is not the children's fault. It is unkind to make such statements. It is un-American & unconscionable to allow children go hungry.
You tell em comrade, get them used to living off the government/other people at an early age so they think it's a way of life and produce another generation dependant on the government

back in the old days the starving kids used to sell their lunch coupons for .50 cents on the dollar. Mustn't have really been hungry in the first place.
Joe

Cuttingsville, VT

#10 Feb 19, 2010
The Brattleboro Informer wrote:
<quoted text>

"Educators across the state are trying to figure out how to raise the test scores of students from poverty who lag behind and Stahley said the economy is putting more pressures on families."
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Maybe they aren't saps and don't put any effort into tests that have no effect on their lives. We used to have fun playing fill in the little boxes with the number 2 pencil, why bother reading the questions, all they wanted was the boxes filled in LOL
jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#11 Feb 19, 2010
Two families I know would love to get off state assistance, if they could get a better paying job and it be full time.But they are in the, rut ski area chop wood etc.How many Vermonters are in this same predicament?
Your Neighbor

Peterborough, NH

#12 Feb 19, 2010
jway wrote:
Two families I know would love to get off state assistance, if they could get a better paying job and it be full time.But they are in the, rut ski area chop wood etc.How many Vermonters are in this same predicament?
Soon to be many more if VY closes in 2012. It's not only the immediate employees that will suffer, but also the small businesse that serve the people who work at VY. Also without that state revenue coming in, the state will be hurting and might need to cut services. It is the Domino effect.
jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#13 Feb 20, 2010
Educators salaries should be based on there pupils average test scores. Not on how many degrease they achieve Nor there personnel left wing ideology/Like the rest of us, they should be paid according to what they produce/
Your Neighbor

Bethel, VT

#14 Feb 20, 2010
Holestein just cut an unknown (to me) number of jobs this past week. What was left of the population middle class in Vermont, just got smaller.
Your Neighbor

Bethel, VT

#15 Feb 20, 2010
correction -Holstein
Good Move

Holden, ME

#16 Feb 20, 2010
Your Neighbor wrote:
<quoted text>Soon to be many more if VY closes in 2012. It's not only the immediate employees that will suffer, but also the small businesse that serve the people who work at VY. Also without that state revenue coming in, the state will be hurting and might need to cut services. It is the Domino effect.
How does Vermont have a domino effect when Vermont has no dominos? Think this is an odd comment, just wait for it.
Joe

Cuttingsville, VT

#17 Feb 21, 2010
Your Neighbor wrote:
Holestein just cut an unknown (to me) number of jobs this past week. What was left of the population middle class in Vermont, just got smaller.
They just need to get an education and learn how to eek out a survival like the blue collar workers have been doing for decades.
jway

Muscle Shoals, AL

#18 Feb 22, 2010
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
They just need to get an education and learn how to eek out a survival like the blue collar workers have been doing for decades.
Whith no new technologies around the corner or on the horizon that I have heard, other than a few thousand jobs created by green energy such as solar an wind.But there is questions about these, with Dian Feinstein saying not in my desert an Kennedy not in my view.?? What education other than the Health field is there?There is always the tourist and the ski industry &cutting wood along with welfare/How about a new candle mfg plant or a coal oil lamp mfg plant when VY closes?

Since: Nov 10

Providence, RI

#20 Apr 25, 2011
I can tell you that dozens of young people are training for wind power at Lake Michigan College, in Benton Harbor, MI and are not finding jobs.

You'd think that those many, many hundreds of miles of coastline with all that steady wind would be ideal, but you can't build wind turbines there. They kill too many migratory birds to even be considered.
Scott

Newton Center, MA

#21 Apr 25, 2011
"I can tell you that dozens of young people are training for wind power at Lake Michigan College, in Benton Harbor, MI and are not finding jobs."

-yeah but ya fail to tell Bates is the fact that alternative energy initiatives today get FIFTY times LESS the amount in govt.$ub$idie$ than the nuclear industry has been getting all along, so of course that means a LOT less $$ to be able hire help for your wind etc. venture

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