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ERIC Number: EJ1119236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Students Facing Poverty: The New Majority
Suitts, Steve
Educational Leadership, v74 n3 p36-40 Nov 2016
Low-income students are now a majority in U.S. public schools. Steve Suitts, formerly of the Southern Education Foundation, reviews statistics showing that the percentage of students in K-12 schools coming from low-income families has increased to 52 percent. Meanwhile, state funding for K-12 schools has increased much more modestly, so that growth in the number of low-income students has outstripped growth in per-pupil spending. Suitts points out that research has shown what schools should provide to give low-income kids a chance of success--things like tutoring, adequate counseling, extended school time, and more preventive health care. States and districts have enacted a few of these reforms piecemeal, but never as a package, probably because funding has been an obstacle. Yet the nation could find the funds, Suitts asserts, if there were a public will to do what it takes to give poor students--now a majority of students in the U.S.--the supports they need to do well in school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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