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  • Includes: 72% of black children, 53% Hispanic, and 29% white
  • "Single-parent families are about five times more likely to be poor as married-couple families."
  • "Non-marital births are even more closely associated with class and education than with race."
  • "In 2006, 31 percent of America’s students attended schools in 'high-poverty' districts."
  • By 2013: 49 percent.
  • 1/2 "of the nation’s children between the ages of 5 and 17 attend schools in communities where a large chunk of families are struggling to get by.”
  • "Severe poverty affects the way children's brains develop, potentially putting them at a lifelong disadvantage."
  • "The parts of the brain tied to academic performance were 8% to 10% smaller for children who grow up in very poor households."
  • Six-year study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; "combined the expertise of neuroscientists and economists."
  • Between 2001-2011, percentage of "poor" fell 29% to 15%, but low income rose from 50% to 56%
  • Middle income rose 6%, mostly in China, South America, and Eastern Europe
  • In US, low-income and poor increased by 3.4% and 0.9% respectively
  • Lawmakers passed a $115.4 billion budget "to meet Brown’s demands for financial restraint during the fiscal year that begins next month."
  • "The budget signed Wednesday establishes an earned income tax credit for working-poor families; boosts the number of state-subsidized child care slots; and expands health care coverage to children who are in the country illegally."
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