"The futures of African-American girls are on the line," stressed NWLC's Co-President Marcia Greenberger. "It’s shameful that too many girls are falling between the cracks of an educational system that ignores their real needs. A strong education is essential for people in our country to compete in our economy and earn wages that can support themselves and their families. It's critical to turn this crisis around and put these girls on a path to success."
Meanwhile, no Republican Congressmen from Illinois earned a grade higher than a 'D' on the center's 2013 Poverty Scorecard, which looked at the voting record of every U.S. senator and representative on poverty-related issues during the last calendar year. The scores were tabulated based on 18 votes taken in the House and Senate on legislation covering a variety of subject areas including budget and tax, food and nutrition, health care, immigrants, cash assistance, domestic violence, education and the workforce, to name a few.
In the wake of a Bureau of Justice Statistics report
that revealed Illinois’ juvenile detention facilities have some of the
highest sexual abuse rates in the country, state legislators have called
an emergency hearing to discuss the issue.
Justice Committee will meet July 30 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building
in downtown Chicago, and testifying before them will be Department of Juvenile Justice (DOJJ) Director Arthur Bishop, as well as members from the prison watchdog group the John Howard Association and officials from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
“Before pointing fingers, we need to ask questions,” State Rep. La Shawn Ford
(D-Chicago), the committee chairperson, told Progress Illinois. “We
want answers from the results of the study, and solutions moving