Saddest Statistic of the Year: Minority Students Clustered in High-Poverty Schools

Politico Morning Education reports that the U.S. Department of Education finds that an extraordinary proportion of black and Hispanic students are enrolled in high-poverty schools. The combination of racial segregation and poverty is a clear indicator of high risk for students. They will not have the benefits of peer effects which comes from economically and racially diverse schools. Nor are they likely to have the small classes, rich curriculum, and extra resources they need.

“MINORITY KIDS CLUSTERED IN HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS: Nearly half of black and Hispanic public school students attended high-poverty schools during the 2014-15 school year, compared to 8 percent of white students. That’s according to the 43rd “Condition of Education” report, out today and produced by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the Education Department’s Institute of Education Sciences. Traditional public schools that are considered high-poverty — defined as having more than three quarters of their students qualify for free- and reduced-price lunch — made up 24 percent of all schools. In that same year, 36 percent of charter schools were considered high-poverty. About 2.5 million students were reported homeless during the 2014-15 school year, with the largest numbers of homeless students enrolled in schools located in cities and suburbs.”

This is a danger signal for our schools but for our society.

from novemoore


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