- What is the Poverty Line, anyway? According to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau, it is a family of four (two adults, two children under 18) that earns less than $23,021.
- The basic-needs budget for a U.S. family of 4 is $31,080 (rural Nebraska) to $64,656 (Boston, Massachusetts).
- In 2011, nearly 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty.
- Children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism or leave school all together because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members.
- Dropout rates of 16 to 24-year-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.
- A higher percentage of young adults (31 percent) without a high school diploma live in poverty, compared to the 24 percent of young people who finished high school.
- 40 percent of children living in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling.
- Children that live below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to have developmental delays or learning disabilities than those who don’t live in poverty.
- By the end of the 4th grade, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students are already two years behind grade level. By the time they reach the 12th grade they are four years behind.
- The nation’s lowest-performing high schools produce 58 percent of all African-American dropouts and 50 percent of all Hispanic dropouts, compared to 22 percent of all white dropouts.
- Less than 30 percent of students in the bottom quarter of incomes enroll in a four-year school. Among that group – less than half graduate.
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Source: Alliance For Excellent Education, U.S. Census, National Center for Education Statistics, The New York Times, American Graduate