More than a third of Connecticut students live in poverty

CAFCA | January 28, 2015 |

 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.

The bulletin said most of the states with a majority of low-income students are found in the South and West. Mississippi led the nation with 71 percent. It was followed by New Mexico at 68 percent.

“No longer can we consider the problems and needs of low-income students simply a matter of fairness,” wrote Steve Suitts, SEF's vice president. “Their success or failure in the public schools will determine the entire body of human capital and educational potential that the nation will possess in the future.”

Suitts said that trend suggests not a nation at risk, but a nation in decline.

For more on the research and the bulletin itself, click here.

To learn more about the Southern Education Foundation, click here.