The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty, income, and health insurance, issued in mid-September, told a bad news/good news story. The bad news—beyond the stagnating incomes highlighted in news reports—is persistently high poverty for children and youth, especially for those of color.
Our investments and policy choices must value young men of color as assets vital to economic and social growth. There is no silver bullet, but there are many solutions. Federal, state, and local policy should reflect a comprehensive approach.
This report analyzes data on 2.8 million students from the 100 largest school districts nationwide. It finds startling disparities between the educational experiences at high-poverty schools and higher-income schools. Students at high-poverty schools are far less likely to have access to experienced teachers, school counselors, college preparation and high-level math courses.