Education: Fighting Poverty to Improve Schools

Analysis from the Southern Education Foundation has found that more than half of the students enrolled in public school live in poverty. “By 2006, the national rate was 42 percent and, after the Great Recession, the rate climbed in 2011 to 48 percent,” says the report. The analysis found that the highest percentage of impoverished students is in Southern states, Mississippi had the highest rate of poor students at 71 percent and New Hampshire had the lowest at 27 percent.  “No longer can we consider the problems and needs of low income students simply a matter of fairness,” the report says. “… Their success or failure in the public schools will determine the entire body of human capital and educational potential that the nation will possess in the future.”

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