Arizona Only Saved About $4,000 With Its Welfare Drug Testing Program

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Arizona lawmakers promised millions in savings from instituting drug tests for welfare applicants, but in the five and a half years since the law began those savings haven’t materialized, according to the Sierra Vista Herald.

The drug testing program requires applicants to answer a three-question form, which asks if they’ve used any illegal drugs within the past 30 days. If they answer yes, they have to take a drug test, and if they test positive their benefits are revoked. Since it began, 26 people have lost their benefits, 23 for not taking the test and three for failing it. Read More

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A Brief History of the “Testocracy,” Standardized Testing and Test-Defying

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Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally against school closings and testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)

In this excerpt from More Than a Score, Jesse Hagopian explains who the “testocracy” are, what they want – for everybody else’s children and for their own – and why more people than ever before are resisting tests and working collectively to reclaim public education.

CHICAGO- 24 April, 2013: Demonstrator holds sign at a rally against school closings and over testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee)Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally Read More

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How Republicans Plan To Cut People Off From The Help They Need

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Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), and Tom Price (R-GA)

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On Tuesday, House Republicans released a budget proposal that, among other things, promises to reduce spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) and Medicaid by using a favorite budgeting gimmick that could wind up cutting millions off from the support they need. Then on Wednesday, Senate Republicans are expected to release a budget that would do something very similar.

The aim is to save the federal government money while still serving the needs of the poor. Overall, the House budget Read More

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What It’s Like To Be Black And Homeless In Seattle

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Sharon H. Chang is an author, scholar, sociologist and activist. She writes primarily on racism and social justice with a feminist lens. Her pieces have been featured in Racism Review, The Seattle Gloablist, Hyphen Magazine, ParentMap Magazine, AAPI Voices and on her own blog, Multiracial Asian Families.

Greedy D is 30 years old, black, and homeless. When he was younger, he always went to school and then after he graduated always held a job. He has a culinary arts degree and went through the Job Corps. But a car accident, debt, bad luck, and a poor support system set Read More

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