Who Is Howard Buffett's Percentage Of Poor Students In Public Schools

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Brinnnng! Brinnnng!. For many public school students, the sounding of the lunch bell signifies a delightful break from perceived mundaneness. A time to relax, kick back, crack some jokes, and if one’s lucky, steal a kiss before replacing the energy expend on the mornings arithmetics with a healthy lunch packed by a parent, or sold at the school’s cafeteria. For other students, hidden amongst this calamity, the ringing of the lunch bell resonates bittersweet, sounding their provided daily bread, perhaps the most sustenance they’ll have till tomorrows bell tolls the same unfair song. By examining story eight, entitled Where Hunger Hides, in Howard Buffett’s book 40 Chances, and the article, Percentage of Poor Students in Public School Rises, …show more content…
In the story, Where Hunger Hides, Buffett, expresses his concern in not only providing funding for hunger relief programs in America, but questions why many leaders seem to glance over the issue altogether. He surmises, that to acknowledge the existence of a hungry population, only helps expose other areas of concern such as job creation, community involvement, and a lack of rehabilitation for those who have already fallen upon hardship. These topics, are often frowned upon by Americans blinded with perpetual optimism, and avoided by those seeking the approval of voters. Rich’s piece, in The New York Times, further discusses funding issues, highlighting the efforts of President Obama and Governor Jerry Brown, of California. While the Obama plan hopes to interject another billion dollars towards the funding of school lunches by 2016, little is mentioned on how this money would be spread amongst the states. As, opposed to the Governor Brown example that seems to posses a bit more savvy and purpose. Two years ago, the Governor approved a distribution restructuring of state dollars for public school funding. This restructuring allows monies to be divvied up per-student, based on parental income, English as a second language status, and foster care needs. Theses changes were done in an effort to level the playing field between students in hopes …show more content…
This is message is repeated in Mr. Rich’s article by Eric Gordon, chief executive of Cleveland Metropolitan School District, who states “first-ring suburban communities around us are facing the impacts of poverty,”. Sharing his experiences volunteering at food shelters, food banks, and with the Meals on Wheels program, Mr. Buffett explains his once disbelief that one in six Americans suffers from nutritional issues. Buffett is able to see the struggle of the middle class, untainted by his rose colored glasses, and understands that for many, the rising costs of housing, insurance, transportation, and other necessities of life seem to unfairly supersede the need for food. He continues by stating that “Millions of families are a layoff, a personal crisis, or a serious illness away from financial trouble so severe that they could end up without enough to eat.” (Buffet 88). Clearly both authors recognize the need to elevate the working and middle class of America, and protect them from potential nutritional

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