Majority of Public School Students in US Are Poor
It’s the first time in a half-century
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
One more challenge for US public schools: A new report finds that for the first time in 50 years, a majority of students come from poor families. Specifically, the Southern Education Foundation says that 51% of students in kindergarten through 12th grade qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch, a percentage that has been steadily increasing over the years. Mississippi fared the worst, with 71% of its students in the “low-income” group, while New Hampshire did the best with 27%, reports Bloomberg.
The lunch stat is a “rough proxy for poverty,” reports the Washington Post, Read on…
Comments: Most students in US Public Schools may be poor,but they can still learn when given the opportunity and tools to learn. Being poor will be the catalyst that will show poor students they don’t have to be poor for the rest of their lives. With a good education they will be able to go from poor to living a rewarding and comfortable life. Being poor would be a thing in their past they should never forget, but they will know anything is possible with a quality education and opportunities.