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S. Bronx Teens ‘Shell-Shocked’ by New Orleans Violence

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NEW YORK — The two dozen teenagers who have met on the creaking second floor of Renaissance Center to watch a movie together one night in March are no strangers to their share of street violence. The Renaissance Center features a recording studio, replete with a drum set, a collection of electric and acoustic guitars, a row of microphones, and golden curtains for a backdrop. The teens come to perform songs they have written and composed about their life on the forlorn streets of the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Continue Reading →

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Federal Spending on Kids to Increase Only 2 Percent Over Next Decade

Kids' Share 2013 — Urban Institute

It's a dramatic change that puts at risk "not only the well-being of our children but the well-being of the nation as a whole," according to a recently released report. Although total federal spending is projected to increase an extraordinary 41 percent over the next 10 years, federal spending on children's programs will increase just 2 percent over the same decade. That's a sharp decline from the 10 percent increase in spending on kids between 2003 and 2013. So where is all that money going? Continue Reading →

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