Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
JACKSON, Ky. THIS is what poverty sometimes looks like in America: parents here in Appalachian hill country pulling their children out of literacy classes. Moms and dads fear that if kids learn to read, they are less likely to qualify for a monthly check for having an intellectual disability.Many people in hillside mobile homes here are poor and desperate, and a $ 698 monthly check per child from the Supplemental Security Income program goes a long way — and those checks continue until the child turns 18.

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