12% of State Children Live in Poverty
About 12% of Wisconsin school children lived in poverty
in 1997, according to a new U.S. Census study.
The report found 124,345 children in poverty in 1997,
or 12%. That is the same percentage as 1995.
Nationally, 18.4% of school-age children lived in poverty
Districts with the highest poverty rates were Lac du
Flambeau (50.9%), Menominee Indian (33.5%) and Milwaukee (32%)
The lowest poverty rates were generally in the Milwaukee
suburbs: Franklin (0.5%), Maple Dale/Indian Hills (0.7%), and Whitefish
"This report drives home the disparities between communities,"
WEAC President Terry Craney said. "Many of the districts with the highest
rates of children in poverty are districts hardest-hit by revenue controls
and inequities in the state system of funding schools."
Craney said high poverty rates affect education.
"Children need to go to school prepared to learn," he
said. "It is unconscionable that a state like Wisconsin would have so
many children living in poverty. Wisconsin must dedicate resources needed
to help these children get out of poverty and succeed in life."
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Posted December 5, 2000