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A Closer Look at Income and Race Concentration in Public Schools

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Race and Income School Map

A majority of public school students nationwide are from low-income families, according to analysis by the Southern Education Foundation. But mapping this disadvantage shows that it's unevenly spread across the country: poverty is concentrated in specific schools, and black students are more likely than white students to attend these high-poverty schools. The foundation's report tracks student poverty through eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches, which are available to students with family incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The report reveals a high concentration of poverty in public schools correlated with race.

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Southern Education Foundation; US census (eligibility for free and reduced lunch)

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