Concentrated Poverty and Public Education
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The biggest problem facing Buffalo’s public schools is the fact that most of the students live in poverty and segregation. Western New York school districts, including Buffalo, are similar to public school districts around the nation, in that they work quite well when their students are affluent or middle income. When their students are living in concentrated poverty, however, there are innumerable barriers to academic success. Nationally, the close correlation between poverty and educational challenge can be seen at every level.
Buffalo; Education; Poverty and Education; Policy Brief; PPG; Environment