Thursday, October 17, 2013

Poor children are now the majority
in American public schools in South

A majority of students in public schools throughout the South are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.

The analysis by the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, is based on the number of students from preschool through 12th grade who were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program in the 2010-11 school year.

In a large swath of the country, classrooms are filling with children who begin kindergarten already behind their more privileged peers, who lack the support at home to succeed and who are more than likely to drop out of school or never attend college.

In Florida, 56% of the public school students were low-income. That's the eighth-highest number in the nation.

Read the Washington Post report here.


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