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Emma Brown of the Washington Post reports a dramatic increase in student poverty rates and increased segregation of the poorest students since the “Great Recession” of 2008.
The data are supplied by a nonprofit called Edbuild.
It includes a stunning comparison between maps of the United States, showing student poverty, in 2006 and 2013.
Student poverty has increased most in the South and the MidWest.
New Mexico saw a huge increase in student poverty, from half its students to 87%.
The state that has seen the most growth in student poverty is Florida.
Schools and teachers, of course, will be blamed and expected to cure what is a structural economic problem.
The Common Core and rigorous tests will not fix poverty.
This is an appalling commentary on what matters most in the United States today.