Report: 1 in 5 public schools classified as “high-poverty”

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A new report released by the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES) reveals that nearly one in five public schools was considered high-poverty in 2011, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Schools are considered high-poverty when 75 percent or more of enrolled students qualify for free or subsidized lunch.

Growing poverty levels among families served by public schools is all the more troubling when considered alongside recent budget cuts for vital education programs, like Title I funding for teaching staff and services at high-poverty schools, after-school programs and summer lunch.

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