Majority of U.S. public schools students are in poverty response #HCCENG101
What was interesting about this reading was that one of the teachers at the school became a foster mother to two girls, most of the students are eligible for free lunches and lastly that the poorest students come from southern and western states.
First thing that I found interesting was that Sonya Romero-Smith who was just a teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School became a foster mother to these two girls who were sisters. As it states “they have been homeless, their father living on the streets and their mother in jail, she said. When she brought the girls home, she was shocked by the disarray of their young lives.” It shows the compassion and care some teachers have for these students. Not knowing what these girls have been thru she still took these girls in to just try and change their life.
Second thing I found interesting was that most of these students are eligible for free lunches at their school. As it state “The southern education foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12 grade in 2012–2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced priced lunches.” The quote shows that in the year of 2012–2013 51% of all of these students were able to get free or price reduced lunches and that percentage will only get higher. But that is only because family income does not meet what the school considers a family to not be in poverty.
The last interesting factor about this reading would be the poorest students come from the Southern and Western states. What’s interesting about this is that they are concentrating on the southern and western states because the rate is high. But what happens to everyone else?
As it states in 21 states at least half the public school children were eligible for free and reduced priced lunches- ranging from Mississippi where more than 70 percent of students were from low-income families to Illinois. This quote compares states with their percentage of the students that come from low-income families which seem to be their main focus.
In conclusion, this was very interesting to read and to be able to know about. The most interesting thing about it was that one teacher who became a foster mother to two girls who were in need. I would also agree in more funding for these school so they could provide for these children in need. It would be something positive that might encourage these children to do better and succeed. These children need positivity in their life.