According to a research bulletin released on January 15 by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), for the first time in recent history, just over 50 percent of children attending U.S.
SEF collected data from the National Center for Education Statistics that broke out by state the percentage of students who were eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches during the 2012-13 school year.
Nineteen states have low-income student populations in the 40-48 percent range and 10 states have between 38 and 42 percent of their students living in poverty. The trends are staggering, and yet the national debate over public education still provides inadequate space for a serious discussion about poverty and its impact on student achievement. According to 2011 data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, for example, fourth-graders who were eligible for free lunch scored 29 points lower on reading than those not eligible. Compared to high-performing nations, the United States does not direct its education funding toward students who live in these low-income areas.
Ensuring that children in poor neighborhoods have the same learning opportunities that children in more affluent neighborhoods have is a pillar of Whole Child Education, explains NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. If the United States is to build a skilled workforce for the 21st Century, every child should have a chance to succeed academically, the Southern Education Fund report concludes. Poverty is a huge issue related to achievement, but it has become unacceptable to acknowledge it or use it as an excuse in the education world. They would rather we spend hundreds of dollars out of our own meager pay checks to provide for these kids and classrooms than address the real issues.
I work as a paraprofessional for special needs students and a sub before that for several years.
Due to the way education is treated in this country and politicians who believe teachers are the reason for the way schools are. The issue I have with this is that there actually is a difference between being low income and living in poverty. The difference between lowincome and poverty are not discernible to those living under such. I also work in an urban school that has a high percentage (over 70%) of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. After 20+ years of working in high-poverty areas, I’d say some folks are seeing the world of poverty through a narrow lens. Bill you are absolutely right–higher achieving students are generally the ones with strong parental involvement. Often times children who are living in poverty have parents that are too busy to be involved, working two jobs etc. The car a person drives on any given day is not an indicator of their income status necessarily. No one mentions the fact that during this same time period in which numbers of low income children have increased the number of children born into single parent households has sky rocketted. As I read the comments here, I am amazed as how we, as humans, can be so obtuse and argumentative in our comments.
As a teacher and the adult child of a teacher and also the great-granddaughter of a teacher in the late 19th Century in rural northeastern Georgia I am so very proud to serve them as they also did. I am not clear about something in the data: Is the 51% an average of the many states or is it the count of overall people?
I am a 31 year veteran teacher and all I know is we can go on looking for someone to blame if we choose, but these children will be caring for us in the near future in one capacity or the other.
Capitalism has done more throughout the planet to raise humankind’s standard of living that any other system in Earth. Go live in Cuba or North Korea or talk to an older person from the Eastern Bloc before you spout this ridiculousness again. Is it possible that, whatever the actual statistics are, that opening the flood gates of our southern borders and allowing, no, inviting, thousands upon thousands of people, and children, without jobs, without money, without skills, to come and camp out here forever, may be the reason that ALL the southern most states are the worst hit?
Also with the exception of the American Indians, everyone who is here now came here and camped out forever, but now that you’re here, we’re all good, so by all means close the gate! Privatize education and you will absolutely see a turn around, but it won’t be a positive one. Access to a good education is the civil right of our day (so says even Al Sharpton and Barack Obama), but when you have the poorest, most vulnerable children in our society getting sentenced to the worst public schools by our government, that’s an absolute crime. I looks as if we do not have enough jobs for their parents to make a living or Their parents are not responsible enough to get a job. Every student signed up is more money to the school- it is a scheme to shackle the locals schools to the Federal Gov’t. What the article fails to point out or even consider is the lower cost of living in many southern states. 130% to 185% of the poverty level is not living in poverty folks, but families in this range are included in the article’s premise of a shameful situation and the pretty info graphic scare piece. Mississippi living wage is far less than what you might think and is often well below the 185% threshold in many if not all counties. It may be surprising to know, or maybe not, but many of the teachers working in public schools are living in or very near poverty themselves.
The logical next step for the anti-Common Core 'opt-out' movement is opting out of entire schools. If you just read hysterical press accounts you might think parents are refusing state standardized tests at a fantastic clip.
Still, faced with even the possibility of an a€?opt-outa€? movement education officials are responding with force. When I asked my nine-year-old daughter about whether parents should opt kids out of tests, she responded, a€?Well, then how will they know how theya€™re really doing?a€? Fair enough, but the debate about testing is long past that sort of reasonableness.
Unlike the SAT and other college tests the Common Core tests are linked to school accountability and teacher evaluations. Of course it's not, which explains why after hundreds of millions of public dollars have finally been invested in a new generation of better tests a€“ assessments that educators, the teachers unions and basically the entire education community said it wanted a€“ these tests suddenly arena€™t good enough either.

Instead of escalating the opt-out fight, education leaders should channel this sudden enthusiasm for parental rights, parental choice and self-determination to address a broader basket of education issues.
There may be no better poster woman for the damaging effects of cyberbullying than Monica Lewinsky, who announced this week she would take the matter on as a cause. In a normal world, at a normal time, at a time when cowards and bullies generally didna€™t have the courage or wherewithal to actually harass other people in person, someone like Lewinsky could make a mistake in her personal life and get over it in relative privacy. Clinton has managed to acquire an image of statesman and aging rock star at the same time, welcomed by Democratic candidates on the campaign trail and making speeches on global development. Lewinsky didna€™t break the law or lie about her behavior to the House minority leader or otherwise diminish the dignity of elected office.
Susan Milligan is a political and foreign affairs writer and contributed to a biography of the late Sen.
One of the most important decisions your business will make is what type of lemonade you will sell! At least half of students fit this eligibility in 21 states, including California, Texas, and Florida.
Mississippi had the highest rate with 71 percent; New Hampshire the lowest percentage with 27 percent.
Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest impediments to a child’s cognitive development and his ability to learn.
Similar results were seen in eighth grade, where students eligible for free lunch scored 25 points lower. There is no doubt that many of our nation’s student do live in poverty and many more are considered low income. The problem however is that we have single parents working more than one job to handle their financial obligations and therefore the child unfortunately is left to do most of her work on her own. Perhaps they don’t have the educational skills themselves to help their children or are embarrassed and afraid they will be judged possibly by people like you, and so they remain uninvolved. For two weeks I drove a brand new car which my insurance company had rented for me when my car worth $1700 was stolen. There is such a thing as low income yet you wear clean clothes, have food on the table and every free resource program your family has enrolled. And I don’t care if you want to call me bigoted, the fact is that having a mom and dad who are married to each other make a huge difference. If anything the problem is the opposite- in districts where students are already struggling and coming out of high school unready for college and careers, the transition to the *more* rigorous and challenging Common Core curriculum is very difficult.
Because the jobs said aliens work at aren’t magically going to turn into living-wage jobs that a man can support a family on at American standards of living. The alternative is to let our society turn into an oligarchy of very powerful people with rights and money and opportunities for their children, and a mass of peasants. That is a SCARY thought considering the cyclical pattern that our youth is observing regarding government handouts, programs, etc (I am BLACK). My question is if there are not enough jobs, why are we allowing people from other countries to flood across our boarders?
The threshold for free or reduced cost meals is based upon the poverty level set by the Gov’t. This week Kentuckya€™s education commissioner said school districts cannot honor opt-out requests and student refusals would be counted as zeroes for school accountability purposes.
Parents in Brooklyn, New York, Montclair, New Jersey and other affluent opt-out hot spots are more than happy to opt their children in to the college gateway tests perpetuating privilege and status in this country.
The data are disaggregated to make sure some students, especially low-income and minority students, are not shortchanged. If parents are able to opt out of a test they ought to also be able to opt out of a specific teachera€™s class or a school as well. In contemporary America, accountability is usually regulatory-based (think financial markets), choice and market-based (for instance clothes) or some combination of the two (like restaurants). If it turns out we cana€™t come together around school accountability schemes that look after the poor a€“ especially while the same elite progressives boycotting tests cana€™t stop talking about inequality a€“ then we at least ought to give the poor real choice about the schooling of their children given how crucial education is to social mobility. Instead, the Internet and social media enabled all the gossips and misogynists and general haters in the world, who used the anonymity of social media to castigate Lewinsky as a whore, a victim or both a€“ all while making nasty comments about her weight, her beret or her hairstyle. Then therea€™s Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor who was forced to resign after it was disclosed he had patronized prostitutes.
She had an affair a€“ or more accurately, enabled a man to have an affair, as she was not married. In our urban district, regular classroom teachers have received extensive training and expanded our practices to include students with significant disabilities and high numbers of English language learners. Nevertheless, trying to be an involved parent is difficult for ME and I have a few extra dollars in the bank to hire a tutor, if needed. This is where the schools come in however, because after school programs should operate in the fashion where students are helped with their homework and enrichment is mandated. There are cultural differences especially in the families of ELL students that affect the way the involve themselves in school matters. Many living in poverty wear clean clothes everyday and many low income have known what it is to go bed hungry. I’d argue that the problem is that there are swarms of low-paying PART-TIME jobs because for the last ten years employers have been dropping full time employees and hiring temps. We’d just be reshuffling the existing set of low-quality, low-wage, low-hour jobs for the mass of underemployed people. But we hand it out freely because the cost of having the poor be totally uneducated is far higher than the cost of paying for public education. If government assisted programs were directly linked to student performance, student attendance, and parental involvement, I guarantee you performance in all areas would be on the RISE!
I am all for help the needy in other counties and I do but we need to be sure that citizens of our country have opportunities to make a living before we give those opportunities away to those from other countries.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen GarcA­a tried to claim it was during a discussion I moderated a few weeks ago at the Council of Chief State School Officers legislative conference. Boycotting the new Common Core tests is chic but at the same time millions of students are opting into the SAT and ACT tests while their affluent parents pony up big bucks for tutoring on these and other college gateway achievement tests like Advanced Placement.
Ita€™s probably just coincidental that these tests, which shine a harsh light on how well schools and school districts are doing, are the ones everyone is worked up about? If it were your child being asked to do something you objected to, for several hours, under the supervision of adults who in some cases you dona€™t even know, wouldna€™t you want some freedom?
The teachers unions could show some consistency by supporting the rights of parents to transfer to better public schools that dona€™t turn student tests into an unprofessional three-ring circus needlessly stressing out kids. And on paper, it appears that what former President Bill Clinton went through was worse a€“ he was impeached, after all, by a GOP-run House determined to take down a president of the other party, even if it meant doing so on something so trivial. That, too, might seem not terribly significant, except that Spitzer had been New York attorney general at the time and was prosecuting prostitution rings.
The women in such situations, after all, are viewed not as people at all, but as some sort of indulgence or temptation to men who couldna€™t possibly be expected to control their own behavior.
The weak economy over the next decade, culminating in the Great Recession in 2008, sped up the pace. Teachers are aware of who these students are and therefore more guidance for these children are required in the classroom. I would even venture to say that whatever you believe isn’t worth the breath you use to say it. There is a solution to this but you would be too politically correct to mention it, as is indicated by all the responses thus far. What is the difference from sending our jobs overseas or bringing in people from other countries to take them?
When I asked her about the millions of dollars some of her state affiliates are spending to encourage test boycotts she didna€™t have a response. Education writer Chris Stewart has pointedly noted the cringe-worthy irony of a mostly white led effort to boycott state standardized tests that are arguably most important for low-income and minority students who are frequently denied a quality education in our nationa€™s public schools. If so, the opt-out movement a€“ ironically fueled by self-interested teachers unions a€“ may be pointing us to whata€™s next: a lot more choice and unbundling of services in public education. So men like Clinton, Spitzer and Weiner are treated like recovering alcoholics, while women like Lewinsky are regarded as the evil bottle of Scotch that needs to be poured down the sink or at least hidden away in a pantry.
From 2006 to 2013, the percentage of public school students in poverty grew from 42 to 51 percent. I have spent most of my career working in districts with poverty higher than 75% and high homeless student populations. Nope a€“ he was given a (failed) cable news show and ran (unsuccessfully) for office again. The second reason students lack parental involvement is because the parents themselves are uneducated and therefore the importance of education is not uppermost in their minds or they are not capable of helping due to a lack of knowledge themselves. In New York the state teachers union is openly encouraging opt-outs and some PTAs are circulating warmed-over versions of union talking points.
Thata€™s why I dona€™t object to opt-outs even if I find todaya€™s opt-out a€?movementa€? ridiculous, selfish and more than a little hypocritical. We need more teachers, aides and specialists in classrooms to give low achieving students more attention. We need to address the social programs in our society when considering education because they are not separate in most areas of the countries. Thirdly, we have parents who really should not be parenting for one reason or another and are incapable of helping their children. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten straddles the issue by saying she vigorously supports the right of parents to opt-out but isna€™t urging it.
Anthony Weiner, who for reasons that require a whole new clinical definition of narcissism, sent pictures of his crotch to women on the Internet, resigned, ran for office again and then was found to be continuing the same behavior.
The bottom line is there are a lot of legitimate factors that impact the lack of parental involvement but the ones suffering are our students.
I have worked with students for well over three decades and know that we need to spend the time to get to know our students better; identify their weaknesses and strengths. We must capitalize on their strengths and provide every opportunity to improve their weaknesses. Change can only happen with parents, teachers and bureaucrats work in unison and education is on a continuum. A  I learned something from every man I met or exchanged emails with, and Lou taught me a few words in Spanish.A  Ole!
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