The Census Bureau provides poverty data from several household surveys and programs. Here you can find poverty estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs. Poverty thresholds by year are available here.
In all of the talk about education reform, testing and results-based evaluations of teacher and schools, one of the most pervasive problems affecting public schools is rarely discussed as an education issue–poverty.
Poverty and Education From a War on Poverty to the Majority of Public School Students Living in Poverty: A Report on the Spring 2015 ASCD Whole Child Symposium
The United States’ longstanding narrative around poverty, especially its damaging effects on children and their ability to succeed academically, has often been depicted as a problem confined to specific regions or localities, such as inner-city neighborhoods, and occurring mostly within specific ethnic or minority populations. Recent research helps debunk myths such as these and forces our nation to confront a harsh new reality: For the first time in recent history, the majority of U.S. public school students now live in poverty. According to the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), 51 percent of the students attending the nation’s public schools now come from low-income households. Read the full report here.
By Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
Teaching with Poverty in mind is for individuals who in the words of the author, are “simply unable to fathom why the poor could (or would) not lift themselves out of poverty,” or who believed that if “those people” simply tried harder or had “better values,” they would be able to succeed. Find information on this book via ASCD here.
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