Thursday Dec 13, 201210:08 AM GMT
US Census: School-age poverty up
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:8AM
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The percentage of school-age children living in poverty grew between 2007 and 2011 in one quarter of U.S. counties, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.

 

The bureau said 832 counties had a statistically significant increase in the school-age poverty rate.

 

The bureau released its Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, which are among the factors used to determine federal aid to local schools. The estimates combine information from the bureau's American Community Survey, the 2000 and 2010 censuses, federal income tax filings and applications for federal nutrition assistance.

 

The bureau said there was a significant increase in poverty among children aged 5 to 17 in 26 percent of the counties. The bureau compared 2011 with 2007, the last year before the recession began.  UPI

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

One of the consequences of the U.S. recession is the record number of children descending into poverty.

 

The United States has the second-highest rate of childhood poverty in the developed world, according to an International Business Times article by Ashley Portero.

 

Recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education show that, for the first time in history, the nation has more than 1 million homeless students. The number includes children enrolled in U.S. public preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2010-2011 school year. Orlando Sentinel

 

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned the United States that it should aim to fix its income inequality problem by raising taxes on the wealthy and improving education for disadvantaged students. Business Insider

 

Several studies show that students living in poverty don’t perform as well in class as students who are in more financially secure situations. Times Online

 

Recent reports and test results have shown that American students are struggling academically and have made little progress in catching up to children in east Asian countries in math and science.

 

AHT/HJ

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