The total number of people living below the poverty line of $22,314 is at the highest level in the recorded history of the statistic. But those numbers apply to everyone. Things get even worse when you dig a bit deeper:
- Although all demographic groups saw equal or higher proportions of people living in poverty, rates are significantly higher for Hispanics and blacks, who saw the largest increases from the previous year
- The poverty rate for children sits at a staggering 22 percent
- Among Hispanic children, the poverty rate is 35 percent. Among black children, it’s an unfathomable 39 percent
Behind today’s grim statistics are real people who are finding it harder than ever to…give their children a chance at a better life.More than any set of sweeping data in recent history, these statistics sound a vociferous clarion call about the need to save our country’s children—predominantly minority, predominantly urban-dwelling, and low-income—from the difficulties that lie ahead on the path down which they’re traveling.
And how can we best do that? By improving the education these kids are receiving.
Take a look at the graph below; it shows that sad correlation between growing up in poverty and failing to graduate high school (and thanks to the human rights blog located here for the great images!).