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Census: Child poverty up in 96 of top 100 school districts
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The child poverty rate rose during the recession in 1 of every 5 counties across the nation, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.


The increase in poverty between 2007 and 2010 was especially pronounced in the nation's largest school systems, where 96 of the top 100 districts reported growth in the number of poor children, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


The Census Bureau tracks school district poverty rates for the U.S. Department of Education, which uses the data to direct federal funding to poor schools. The figures also are used to determine the places where poor children's test scores must be reported separately under the No Child Left Behind Act, which can affect school funding and personnel.


Almost one-quarter of the 13,619 districts in the nation have 20,000 or more students. Those districts contain 81.6 percent of poor children, the Census Bureau said.


The government sets the poverty level at $22,113 for a four-person household that includes two people under 18. Bloomberg




Lee County, Florida, reported the greatest increase in poor students during the recession. The proportion of poor children in the district, whose population includes about 90,000 children, almost doubled to 25.3 percent. Bloomberg


The Detroit City School District, which was the poorest in the nation in 2007, remained at the bottom in 2010. The bureau reported 47.2 percent of the 139,300 children in the nation's ninth-largest district are poor, a 20 percent increase from 2007. Huffington Post


The nation's largest school district -- New York City, with an estimated 1.25 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 -- reported a rise in poverty to 29 percent in 2010, up from 26.6 percent in 2007. Bloomberg


Almost all school districts are still struggling with the effects of economic recession. From October 2010 to last month, local governments have shed 118,400 education jobs.


Last school year, 41 percent of schools had funding decreases and 72 percent expect further drops this school year, according to an October report from the Government Accountability Office. Districts with high levels of poverty had the most cuts. Census Bureau


One in five American children lives in poverty and one in four American children is on food stamps. Economic Collapse




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