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Poverty

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Poverty

  1. 1. Because now more than ever, our democracy needs us to produce highly educated citizens who can compete and contribute to a rapidly changing global economy. To accomplish this, we must shed ourselves of outdated practices that lock us into the past.
  2. 2. “ Our analysis finds that graduating from high school in America’s largest cities amounts, essentially, to a coin toss.” Cities in Crisis: A Special Analytical Report on High School Graduation
  3. 3. <ul><li>11.3% in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>12.5% in poverty (37.3 million) </li></ul><ul><li>45.7 million without health insurance </li></ul>U.S. Census Bureau Trend #2 Poverty in the USA continues to climb
  4. 4. Children represent 1/3 of all Americans living in poverty U.S. Census Bureau
  5. 5. Our National Disgrace ► 2000-05 the percent living at 50% of the poverty level (abjectly poor) increased by 26% ► For a family of four, this represents $10,222. A monthly budget of $851.83. ► This level is slightly above the 1960 poverty level ► In 1975 this group made up 30% of those living in poverty. Today the number has climbed to 43%. U.S. Census Bureau
  6. 6. The shrinking value of a high school diploma <ul><ul><li>Doctorate $70 - $100,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters $55 - $70,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelors $50 - $60,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate $40 - $45,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H.S. Diploma $30,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some H.S. $20,000 </li></ul></ul>U.S. Census Bureau Trend #3
  7. 7. <ul><li>JOB SALARY </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Assistants $20-28,080 </li></ul><ul><li>Home Health Aides $20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Software Engineers $40,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Personal & Home Care Aides $20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty level for family of 4 = $20,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- U.S. Census Bureau </li></ul></ul></ul>Occupations with Largest Job Growth
  8. 8. James Amos – Alliance for Excellent Education Dropouts, Diplomas, and Dollars: U.S. High Schools and the Nation’s Economy “ Over the course of a lifetime, a college graduate will earn, on average, $1 million more than a high school dropout. Dropping out is literally a million-dollar mistake.”
  9. 9. Why do American high school students leave without a diploma? ■ 47% said classes weren’t interesting ■ 69% said they were not motivated ■ 88% had passing grades The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives on High School Dropouts

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