Herald identifies bad kids


That group includes 14-24 year olds who "lack basic skills"; are parents or are about to become parents; have dropped out of school; are homeless; didn't grow up speaking English; didn't grow up in this country; or have run away from home. 

Oh yeah--youth with legal problems fit the bill, too.

Howie Carr actually doesn't seem to mind the fact that the program panned on the Herald's front page--a federally funded program for kids of families currently linked to the Department of Transitional Assistance--helps low-income people. But he's not so keen on the other stuff:

Eagle Scouts need not apply. Valedictorians, ditto.

So you say English is your native language? Tough break, kid.

Problem is, as the program's described by Carr and his Herald colleague David Wedge, that's not correct. An Eagle Scout who grew up speaking Spanish would apparently be eligible, for example. So would a native English speaker whose family is homeless.

But hell, why nitpick?

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