This Map Shows How Many More Students Are Living In Poverty Than 9 Years Ago
Students in America’s schools are much, much poorer than they were nine years ago.
In 2006, 31 percent of America’s students attended schools in “high-poverty” districts, meaning that 20 percent or more of the district’s students lived below the federal poverty line. By 2013, however, this number jumped to over 49 percent, according to an analysis of U.S. Census estimates from the nonprofit EdBuild. This means that nearly half of the nation’s children between the ages of 5 and 17 attend schools in communities where a large chunk of families are struggling to get by.
The map below from EdBuild, a new organization that advocates for more equitable state school funding systems, displays this phenomenon. All over the country, in all types of districts and communities, student poverty rates have grown in the past nine years.