Have you ever had a toothache? 1 in 7 young children get toothaches, and too many of them go without any dental care. These kids are in pain, can have trouble eating and paying attention in school – in fact children with poor oral health are nearly 3 times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. But you can change things for children in the Philadelphia area. You can help relieve a child’s pain, give the gift of a dental appointment and a boost to their health and confidence by donating to Public Citizens for Children and Youth’s “Give Kids a Smile” event. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by January 5th in order to make 1,000 kids in the greater Philadelphia area free dental appointments.
CBS By Pat Loeb January 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Congress did a short-term extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, but still has not reauthorized the program. CHIP could be the emblem of the current situation in Washington. For decades, it’s had bipartisan support. But now, according to Sen. Bob Casey, it’s caught in the polarization of one-party rule. “The majority party in Washington — they control the executive branch, they control the legislative branch — they had a bill sitting right in front of them, the Kids Act, because it would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. So what did we get? Not five years, no certainty for families. But, oh, yes, corporations got their tax break,” said Casey. “Because Republicans in Washington were obsessed with giving rich people more money and giving corporations a big tax cut, the Children’s Health Insurance Program got sidelined by the special interests, got pushed to the back of the room by the powerful in Washington.” Casey was headed back to Washington, vowing to get CHIP reauthorized but warning there were bigger fights ahead. “You know what their next big project is? Quote, entitlement reform, unquote,” said Casey. Casey says that means cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, the other safety net programs for Children’s Health.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch January 3, 2018
This is incredible but true. Tricked by aggressive marketing, some parents in Philadelphia are putting their five- and six-year-old children on a two hours plus bus ride to a low- performing charter school. The Chester Community Charter School is owned by a major Republican donor. “Imagine waking your 5-year-old kindergarten student before 5 a.m., walking him to a street corner in the city’s Far Northeast, then watching him board a bus for a 2½-hour ride to a school more than 30 miles away. “Then, imagine he endures the same trip in reverse each afternoon. Five days a week. “For some parents, it’s not just a bad dream. Such a routine is customary for an increasing number of Philadelphia students enrolled at Chester Community Charter School…
Updated: JANUARY 3, 2018 — 5:53 PM EST
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