ERIC Number: ED371103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-16
School-Age Children: Poverty and Diversity Challenge Schools Nationwide. Testimony before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities, U.S. Senate.
Morra, Linda G.
Changes in the face of school-age America have profound implications for educational policy. As of 1990, 1 of 6 children lived in poverty, and a growing number were from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, more than one in six of the nation's third graders changed schools frequently. This mobility is just one aspect of changing conditions that strain the economic and professional capabilities of the nation's schools. In the 1980s, the number of poor school children increased to 7.6 million as the total school age population declined by 2.3 million. Since then, child poverty has continued to increase, as it has become national in scope, spreading beyond the traditional large city and isolated rural areas. As the poor school-age population has increased, the numbers of immigrant and at-risk children have grown and have become scattered throughout the nation. Policymakers and school officials must assist all children and must work with a greater diversity than ever before under increasing cost constraints. (SLD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Ethnic Groups, High Risk Students, Immigrants, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Racial Differences, Rural Schools, Secondary School Students, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.