Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

51% of public school students are low-income

May 19, 2015

Percent-of-Low-Income-Students-in-PS-2015-01More than half of students attending public schools in 2013 were low-income, the first time they were in the majority since these figures were tracked.

That is, they are not necessarily poor (according to the federal definition), but they are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches.

Students can get free lunches if their parents’ incomes are 135 percent of the federal poverty threshold or less, and reduced price lunches if their parents’ incomes are 185 percent or less.

A child of a single parent could get a free lunch if the parent’s income was $19,669 or less.  The child could get a reduced-price lunch if the single parent’s income was $27,991 or less.   The reduced-price limit is $43,568 for a family of four.

Low-income students were fewer than 32 percent of students in U.S. public schools in 1989 and only 38 percent in 2000, the Southern Education Foundation reported.   Reed Jordan of the Urban Institute said the 51 percent figure reflects rising child poverty, increasing economic instability and possibly increasing number of poor immigrants.   About one in four American public school students are the children of immigrants.

Changes in eligibility rules also could affect the number.  Schools in which a majority of students are low-income now offer reduced-price lunches to all.

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School children in poverty

October 25, 2013

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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.

Inequality and well-being: country comparisons

August 9, 2013
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The United States is a leader, and not in a good way.

Source: New York Times.

Hat tip to The Big Picture.