School children in poverty

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Nearly half of U.S. school children are poor.  That is to say, the Southern Education Foundation reported that 48 percent of American children attending public school in 2011 qualified for free or reduced-price school lunches based on their incomes.

I like maps and graphics as a way of presenting quantitative information.  The two maps above, based on the Southern Education Foundation’s report, tell me three things.

1.  The average well-being of the people of the United States declined during the past decade.

2.  The Sunbelt (the South and Southwest) does not set an example for the rest of the country.

3.  The United States should not cut back on programs that provide food to children, such as food stamps, subsidized school lunches and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant women and mothers of young children.

Click on A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and Nation for the report.

Hat tip to occasional links and commentary.

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