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1 in 5 US schoolchildren are living below federal poverty line

from The Washington Post

More than one out of every five school-age children in the U.S. were living below the federal poverty line in 2013, according to new federal statistics. That amounted to 10.9 million children — or 21 percent of the total — a six percent increase in the childhood poverty rate since 2000. Childhood poverty rates were on the rise for every racial group, ranging from 39 percent for African Americans and 36 percent for Native Americans, 32 percent for Hispanics and 13 percent for Asians and whites. more


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