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'60 Minutes' spotlights homeless Central Florida kids

According to the U. S. Department of Education's own statistics, 49.6% of public school students in Florida lived in poverty in 2008. Clearly, in some schools the poverty rate is higher. When a poverty rate of 25% is given, it means all children. Often, the children of the wealthy, such as the Obamas and the Gates, go to private school.

Go to Ed Data Express and see for yourself. You'll get an eyeful.

By Hal Boedeker

CBS' "60 Minutes" offers a wrenching segment Sunday on homeless children in Central Florida. Correspondent Scott Pelley said the report continues his look at people hurting in the wake of the Great Recession.

He wanted to focus on children after seeing a Congressional Budget Office projection that the child-poverty rate would soon hit 25 percent. Most of the CBS report concentrates on Seminole County. Pelley talks to Casselberry children, who speak of going to bed hungry and feeling embarrassed.

Two children stand out in the segment: 11-year-old Destiny Corfee, whose family lives in a motel, and Jacob Braverman, 14, whose family moved in with neighbors after losing their home to foreclosure. The report airs at 7 p.m. on WKMG-Channel 6.

Q: You could have gone many places for this story. Why Central Florida?

A: I asked some people at '60 Minutes' to explore where the child poverty rate was approaching that [25 percent]. It is particularly acute in Seminole and Osceola and some of the other counties around Orlando. It is one of the most challenged places in the country. So many thousands of people come there from all over the world, and it should be said Disney World provides an enormous number of jobs. But you have this utopian Disney World, and on the outskirts you have about a 21 percent poverty rate for children.

— Hal Boedeker
Orlando Sentinel





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