It’s that time of year again when parents are scrambling for last-minute deals on that long list of school supplies. But it’s our schools that may not be prepared for the incoming of kids in the fall.

This week, Scott Klinger says that public schools across the country are facing budget cuts and new government spending data could reveal that it’s tax breaks for big businesses that are leaving K-12 funding out to dry. The outlook is even bleaker for homeless students, who often go invisible at schools that don’t have the resources to help them be successful, Roseangela Hartford explains.

And Olivia Alperstein notes the full impact that a lack of reproductive healthcare access can have on a woman’s life, including some women and girls who can’t go to school at all.

Also this week, Medea Benjamin calls on Congress to stop the most recent billion-dollar arms trade between the U.S. and human rights abuser Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Jill Richardson calls out the Obama administration on its marijuana scheduling hypocrisy.

Finally, Jim Hightower exposes the GOP for being soft on crime when it comes to corporate debt collectors, Josh Hoxie takes a wild guess at what could be hiding in Trump’s tax returns, and Khalil Bendib warns us that the Donald’s tiny hands could cause a disaster of nuclear proportions.

an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Whole World in Trump’s Tiny Hands, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. The Hidden Homeless Population / Roseangela Hartford
    A growing number of homeless students lack the academic and community support they need to get off the streets.
  2. Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone? / Scott Klinger
    New government spending data could reveal how tax breaks for big businesses leave K-12 school funding out to dry.
  3. U.S. Weapons Sales Are Drenched in Yemeni Blood / Medea Benjamin
    Saudi Arabia is using billions in U.S. aid to fund their onslaught of innocent civilians in Yemen, but it’s not too late for Congress to stop this madness.
  4. Stop Playing Politics With Reproductive Rights / Olivia Alperstein
    Women’s access to healthcare is a human right and fundamental aspect of our democracy. It shouldn’t be left up to dumb luck.
  5. Trump’s Taxes Won’t Go Away / Josh Hoxie
    The candidate’s ongoing scandalous behavior can’t cover up whatever he’s hiding in his tax returns.
  6. Federal Marijuana Laws Reek of Hy-Pot-Crisy / Jill Richardson
    Cannabis is considered dangerous until proven safe, while known toxins like asbestos are still legal.
  7. Debt Collectors Get Away With Daylight Robbery / Jim Hightower
    The GOP is known for being tough on crime—except when it’s padding their pockets.
  8. The Whole World in Trump’s Tiny Hands / Khalil Bendib
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Domenica Ghanem

Domenica Ghanem is the coordinator for OtherWords.