I think these things are probably interrelated.

Wal-Mart CEO makes more in an hour than most employees make in a year:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/walmart-ceo-pay-hour-workers-year/story?id=11067470#.UVz7yqtLWfM

In America, on minimum wage, you have to work between 63 and 138 hours per week to afford an apartment.

http://www.upworthy.com/how-many-minimum-wage-work-hours-does-it-take-to-afford-a-2-bdrm-apartment-in-yo

Children who’s parents have time/ambition to be involved in their lives get better grades.

http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/40/parental-involvement-and-childrens-well-being

House Committee votes to freeze welfare benefits to families where children are getting bad grades.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2013/04/03/house-committee-votes-to-starve-welfare-kids-for-making-bad-grades

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