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Title Shut out : low income mothers and higher education in post-welfare America / Valerie Polakow [and others], editors
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 252 pages) : illustrations
Contents Debunking the myth of the failure of education and training for welfare recipients: a critique of the research / Erika Kates -- Failing low income students: education and training in the age of welfare reform / Lizzy Ratner -- "That's not how I want to live": student mothers fight to stay in school under Michigan's welfare-to-work regime / Peggy Kahn and Valerie Polakow -- Connecting and reconnecting to work: low income mothers' participation in publicly funded training programs / Frances J. Riemer -- Supporting or blocking educational progress? The impact of college policies, programs, and practices on low income single mothers / Sally Sharp -- Student financial aid and low income mothers / Donald E. Heller and Stefani A. Bjorklund -- Credentials count: how California's community colleges help parents move from welfare to self-sufficiency / Anita K. Mathur with Judy Riechle, Julie Strawn and Chuck Wiseley -- "This little light of mine": Parent activists struggling for access to post-secondary education in Appalachian Kentucky / Christiana Miewald -- College access and leadership-building for low income women: Boston's Women in Community Development (WICD) / Deborah Clarke and Lynn Peterson -- Transcending welfare: creating a GI Bill for working families / Julie L. Watts and Aiko Schaefer -- Securing higher education for women on welfare in Maine / Luisa Stormer Deprez, Sandra S. Butler, and Rebekah J. Smith
Summary Annotation "Shut Out exposes in vivid detail the economic, educational, and existential struggles that poor single mothers confront in light of current Welfare-to-Work policies. According to the editors, these mandates strip women of their educational rights by denying them access to higher education, thus obstructing their aspirations to exit poverty and attain family self-sufficiency. The editors examine the requirements of the 1996 "welfare reform" bill and outline how states have varied in responses to limited post-secondary options within the framework of national legislation. The book shows how mothers and their allies have organized collectively to try to secure pro-education policies, and how individuals have resisted work, developed individual and family strategies, and triumphed in their pursuit of post-secondary education under extreme social and emotional duress. In outlining the multiple obstacles and policy restrictions that low income women face, the book also demonstrates successful programsthat afford women educational opportunities. Included are the latest in legislative updates, policy and advocacy recommendations, and possible future directions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Mothers -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
Poor women -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
Welfare recipients -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Polakow, Valerie.
ISBN 0791461254 (alk. paper)
0791461262 (paperback; alk. paper)
1423739671 (electronic bk.)
9780791461259 (alk. paper)
9780791461266 (paperback; alk. paper)
9781423739678 (electronic bk.)