The number of school-age children living in poverty soared by 30 percent(!) in California between 2007 and 2010, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the United States, nearly 2 million more children between the ages of 5 and 17 fell into poverty during that time.
I wrote about that depressing trend today, in this story. My colleague Danny Willis created a database that lets you search the numbers by school district boundary and county. You’ll find it at the end of the piece.
You know what the poverty line is, as defined by the Census? For a family of four (two adults, two children), it’s a household income of $22,000.
Alex Briscoe, director of health care services for Alameda County, told me today that “the harshest truth” is not just the number of children in poverty, but the fact that it’s becoming harder for them — and everyone else — to escape it.
How is poverty manifesting itself in your school or community? How is your school responding to the increased need?
You can find the Census data here.