Declaring that "Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty" to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula for public schools.
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The two Connecticut school districts sit side by side along Long Island Sound. Both spend more than the national average on their students. They prepare their pupils for the same statewide tests. Their teachers, like virtually all the teachers in the state, earn the same high marks on evaluations.
Although Connecticut reports gains in various areas related to the overall health, welfare and security of its children, experts say averages ignore great disparities in income and racial segregation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Connecticut the fifth best state in the nation for children; the report ranked the state especially high in the arenas of health and education because of declining levels of childhood drug abuse and teen pregnancy.
A growing number of Connecticut residents — including children — have medical insurance thanks to health care reforms, but disparities remain in the state as childhood poverty persists, according to data released last week.
New studies using brain scan technology vividly illustrate the harm associated with growing up poor. These findings underscore the importance of policies to improve poor children’s environments, scientists say.
Testifying before Congress in 1964, Cornell developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner urged lawmakers to fight “poverty where it hits first and most damagingly – in early childhood.”
A provocative new study suggests that poverty affects brain structure in children and teenagers, with children growing up in the poorest households having smaller brains than those who live in affluence. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, was led by Kimberly Noble, who teaches at both Teachers College, Columbia University and at the university’s medical school. Elizabeth Sowell of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California was the senior author.
More than a third of public school students in Connecticut are in poverty, according to a new bulletin. As for the rest of the country, the Southern Education Foundation said low-income students are now a majority. The foundation said it collected data for each state from the 2013 National Center for Education Statistics. It said 51 percent of students across the country live below the poverty line. In Connecticut, it's 36 percent, which is one of the lowest in the country. Only Vermont, North Dakota and New Hampshire are lower.
One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy organization. The report, conducted by Children’s Defense Fund, also found that one in every 10 children, or 7.1 million children, is extremely poor. “We are in a very dangerous time right now,” Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, the organization’s president and founder, told an audience of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members at a recent legislative conference in D.C.