Poor kids majority in Southern classrooms (HPE)

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.sefatl.org/pdf/New%20Majority-Cover-b.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Today’s High Point Enterprise reports on a recently-released report from the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation, in which it finds that low-income children make up the majority of classroom populations in the South.

The Enterprise says three factors explain the recent, steady increase of low-income students in the South: demo­graphic changes, state economic problems and the region’s history of persistent poverty and low wage earners.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

According to the report, “A New Majority: Low In­come Students in the South’s Public Schools,” pub­lic schools in the region have enrolled a majority of low-income students over the last three years.
The South also is the only region in the country where low-income students account for 50 percent or more of public school enrollment. SEF’s report argues that disadvantaged students receive the least educational support and lag behind wealthier stu­dents in school achievement and graduation rates.
“The public must understand more fully today that their future and their grandchildren’s future are in­extricably bound to the success or failure of low-in­come students,” said Steve Suitts, a representative with SEF. “If this new majority of students fails in school, an entire state, an entire region, and – sooner or later – an entire nation will fail simply.”

A direct link to the study in PDF format can be accessed here.

E.C. 🙂

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