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ERIC Number: ED521383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-1
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
The Rise of Childhood Poverty in Georgia: Implications for Public School Planning and Pedagogy
Boggs, Olivia M.
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The rapid and steady growth of poverty in Georgia's public schools is a clarion call to re-examine the extent to which educators are reaching and teaching all students, regardless of their economic standing. The traditional view of poverty as a marginal condition affecting a minority of students no longer holds as 56% of Georgia's 1.6-million public school students are now eligible for free or reduced lunch, an increase of 13 percentage points in ten years. This paper examines the rapid growth in childhood poverty in the state of Georgia and discusses implications of this trend for school success and completion. In the absence of school-based interventions, the rise in poverty and decrease in high school graduation rates portend growth of a permanent underclass that will struggle to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Because school completion has the potential to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty, Georgia public schools will need to make concerted efforts to provide innovative experiences that will result in fewer dropouts and more completers. The paper concludes by discussing how schools must be configured and staffed to enable all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, to have the highest possibility of reaching their potential. (Contains 1 chart and 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia