Across the nation, low-income students are now the majority (51%) in public schools and in California, they make up 55% of the student population. This is according to data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
SEF vice-president Steve Suitts pointed out why this matters in a 2013 report, “No longer can we consider the problems and needs of low income students simply a matter of fairness… 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. Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low income students – students with the largest needs and usually with the least support — the trends of the last decade will be prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline…”
The study, “A New Majority: Low Income students Now a Majority In The Nation’s Public Schools” was published by the Southern Education Foundation.