Poverty Data Signal Urgency for Schools

With the shift to a majority-poor enrollment in the nation’s public schools, policymakers and school officials need to up the ante in addressing the needs of disadvantaged children and the challenges in educating them, researchers and educators say.

Must Address Rising Child Poverty.

Education Week (1/28, Blad) reports that educators and researchers say that the recent revelation that over half of US students are living in poverty “serves as an urgent signal to policymakers and schools to address the needs of poor children, and the challenges of educating them.” The piece reports that the Southern Education Foundation called the watershed a “significant threshold,” and describes research on the challenges that poor students face academically. The piece reports that despite limited resources, educators say that schools are working to address poor students’ needs, and notes that the rise in poverty numbers comes as ED “projects that students from racial and ethnic minority groups will outnumber non-Hispanic whites for the first time during the 2014-15 school year.”

Source: www.edweek.org

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