Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Presidents Helping Children

I'm off to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as so many people are this morning. Presidents have had a role in the civil rights movement  since it began with the writing of the constitution-- our first proslavery document. Historically, presidents affect children's lives in many areas: health, nutrition, schooling, housing, childcare and safety. 

Children did not fare well over the last eight years; more are in poverty, more are without health insurance, NAEP scores have gone down and the list of laments goes on. There is much to be done, and this administration is poised to make a positive difference for our nation's youth. We have so many needs and hopes right now, but one of mine is still to fund IDEA this year. No stimulus package is complete without it.