Since 2004-2005, the majority of the South's public school students have been eligible for free or reduced price lunch, which requires low income, Allie Yee writes for Facing South, a publication of The Institute for Southern Studies.
Reed Jordan wrote in The Urban Institute's report: "In many parts of Kentucky (such as Jackson, Owsley and Clay counties), 60 percent or more of all students are from low-income families. A similar belt of rural poverty stretches across Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia."
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Jordan said public schools should provide a quality education for all students. "Our school system alone can't solve the problem," Jordan writes. "We have the policy tools—in both housing and schools—backed by solid research to address concentrated poverty. Doing so is imperative for our children, our schools, our neighborhoods and cities." (Read more)