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Wed Jun 15, 2016, 10:06 PM

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-school-students-are-in-poverty/2015/01/15/df7171d0-9ce9-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.

The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation’s public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.

“We’ve all known this was the trend, that we would get to a majority, but it’s here sooner rather than later,” said Michael A. Rebell of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College at Columbia University, noting that the poverty rate has been increasing even as the economy has improved. “A lot of people at the top are doing much better, but the people at the bottom are not doing better at all. Those are the people who have the most children and send their children to public school.”

The shift to a majority-poor student population means that in public schools, a growing number of children start kindergarten already trailing their more privileged peers and rarely, if ever, catch up. They are less likely to have support at home, are less frequently exposed to enriching activities outside of school, and are more likely to drop out and never attend college.

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Fumesucker Jun 2016 OP
dembotoz Jun 2016 #1
Doctor_J Jun 2016 #2
Igel Jun 2016 #3
Arazi Jun 2016 #5
valerief Jun 2016 #4
Doctor_J Jun 2016 #7
valerief Jun 2016 #10
enough Jun 2016 #6
Quantess Jun 2016 #8
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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Jun 15, 2016, 10:42 PM

1. and i do not see that getting better

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Wed Jun 15, 2016, 11:30 PM

2. TPP, more for profit health insurance, and a $9 min wage should fix that

 

- Signed, The New Democrats

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 15, 2016, 11:54 PM

3. No.

The stat has a few reasons.

More single parents. At $9/hr, a single adult with a child is in poverty. Add two kids, and still in poverty. Need to get to $20k/year to be out of poverty. That's from a list of just the threshold numbers, and they're unrealistic.

More low-ed/low-income people marrying each other. So for two-parents families you get two minimum-wage or low-wage earners whereas 50 years ago you had a fair number of high-wage husbands and low-wage wives.

Low-income and low-education families have more children. The median family income is $50k. That's out of poverty for a 10-person family. So far more than 1/2 of families or "economic units" are over the poverty limit. But again, higher income --> fewer kids. We talk about how increased education leads to lower fertility in other countries. It holds here, too, with those least able to afford large families on their own having large families. No problem: Those who think they can't adequately afford a second or third child help families with 3 and 4 and 5 children.

Family income and parent education are largely predictive of child academic achievement. Two parent families, even in poverty, have kids who do better than one-parent families. The best we can do as a society is try and not make the kids suffer from some bad parent choices--having kids too young, having too many kids, not sticking to a marriage or forming one in the first place, opting for low education in order to start making money and be a "grown up" as early as possible. But too often the kids from those families see that it worked "okay" for their mother and/or father, so it'll work for them.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 12:32 AM

5. They can always get out of poverty by enlisting to fight for BigCorp empire



Go Halliburton!

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 12:25 AM

4. The GOP is clearly winning. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 08:14 AM

7. Correction- conservatives are winning

 

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 11:43 AM

10. Correct! Thanks. nt

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 07:31 AM

6. K&R. (nt)

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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 09:48 AM

8. K & R

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