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Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward

Abstract

"While the United States is among the 35 richest countries in the world, it also holds the distinction of ranking second highest in child poverty, according to a new report from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Such poverty comes with a price - $500 billion per year in lower earnings, less taxes paid, and other long-term economic and educational outcomes.

The authors provide an overview of how poverty is measured, describe how various levels of government attempt to address poverty through education, and review the relationship between poverty and student outcomes. The report also offers seven recommendations that are necessary to ensure that the public education system prepares every student to be successful in an increasingly competitive world."

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