Education Funding Report Roundup

Study Says Outlook Grim for Children in Poverty

By Alexandra Rice — August 23, 2011 1 min read

One in five children lived in poverty in the United States in 2009, and the economic outlook for them and other children from low-income families is increasingly bleak, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Over the past decade, the official child-poverty rate has increased 18 percent, effectively eliminating all the gains made in cutting child poverty in the late 1990s, the report says.

The report by the Baltimore-based foundation shows it’s not all bad news, though, given that five of the 10 indicators of child-poverty have improved since 2000. The indicators are derived from statistics that the foundation has tracked in all 50 states over the past 20 years.

Among the measures, the five areas of improvement are: infant-mortality rate, child-death rate, teenage-death rate, teenage birthrate, and percent of teenagers who are neither in school nor high school graduates.

Besides the child-poverty rate, other areas that have worsened are the percentage of babies born with low birth weight and the percentage of children in single-parent families. Consistent long-term data were unavailable for the remaining two indicators.

In this latest report, the states with the highest rankings for child well-being across all 10 indicators were New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, while Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi ranked lowest.

The report, in documenting and examining the well-being of American children, points to the recent recession and home-foreclosure crisis as significant setbacks for children and families in the lower half of the income distribution, in particular. In 2009, the most recent year for which data were available, the number of low-income children amounted to 31 million, or 42 percent of children in the United States.

The report also offers six strategies for helping low-income families improve their economic situations.

A version of this article appeared in the August 24, 2011 edition of Education Week as Study Says Outlook Grim for Children in Poverty

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Measuring & Supporting Student Well-Being: A Researcher and District Leader Roundtable
Students’ social-emotional well-being matters. The positive and negative emotions students feel are essential characteristics of their psychology, indicators of their well-being, and mediators of their success in school and life. Supportive relationships with peers, school
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Making Digital Literacy a Priority: An Administrator’s Perspective
Join us as we delve into the efforts of our panelists and their initiatives to make digital skills a “must have” for their district. We’ll discuss with district leadership how they have kept digital literacy
Content provided by Learning.com
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
How Schools Can Implement Safe In-Person Learning
In order for in-person schooling to resume, it will be necessary to instill a sense of confidence that it is safe to return. BD is hosting a virtual panel discussing the benefits of asymptomatic screening
Content provided by BD

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Funding Biden Infrastructure Plan Calls for $100 Billion for School Construction, Upgrades
President Joe Biden's $2 trillion American Jobs Plan would also fund replacement of lead pipes and expand broadband internet access.
4 min read
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen Theater on Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
Andrew Harnik/AP
Education Funding Miguel Cardona Releases $912 Million for Puerto Rico's Schools, Easing Trump Restrictions
Puerto Rico has regained access to hundreds of millions of dollars for education to address the fallout of COVID-19 and other needs.
2 min read
Students arrive at the Ramon Marin Sola primary school for the first time in nearly a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as some public schools reopen in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 10, 2021.
Students arrive at the Ramon Marin Sola primary school for the first time in nearly a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as some public schools reopen in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 10.
Danica Coto/AP
Education Funding School Budgets: Why They're Not As Bad As Predicted
Revenue projections are up, but districts aren't out of the woods. Seven questions answered about the evolving landscape for budgets.
11 min read
Image shows a businessman searching for new revenue in unchartered waters standing on a compass among several waves.
iStock/Getty Images Plus
Education Funding COVID-19 Aid Package Protects Funding for Students in Poverty, But Could Challenge Schools
"Maintenance of equity" mandates aim to avoid cuts by states and districts that hurt disadvantaged students more than others.
8 min read
Image of money in a puzzle shape.
simoncarter/iStock/Getty