Majority of public school students living in poverty

The National Center for Education Statistics cites data showing 51% of public school students are now considered low income and in the Southern and Western Sates the rate is as high as 70%. This on the heels of State and Federal budget cuts to education resulting in massive teacher lay offs, crumbling school buildings and little funding for teacher support programs and workshops. Now pile on the state and Federally mandated tests that demand teachers “teach the tests” in order to compete for ever shrinking funds. Instead of preparing poorer students to excel in order to compete in the ever changing job market we’re getting them ready for the low income jobs their parents already have namely underemployed service drones. Overall, education in America is on the decline.
http://www.cbpp.org/research/most-states-funding-schools-less-than-before-the-recession
Cap’t Jack

It’s a one-two punch against education for children in the US. More and more students from low income and poverty level households, and less money for public education.
Meanwhile, the rich get richer. It could be worse, if the rich got poorer, the median and lower classes would likely be even worse off. But enough, already. Building the lower economic classes will not keep the rich from getting richer, just not so much disparately so.
My dear (and I mean that sincerely) President has helped bring our economy back from the brink of destruction. But for whom? Not, so much, for the middle and lower economic classes. And not, so much, apparently, for their future.

Meanwhile, the rich get richer. It could be worse, if the rich got poorer, the median and lower classes would likely be even worse off. But enough, already. Building the lower economic classes will not keep the rich from getting richer, just not so much disparately so.
But the rich won't get poorer, just the middle class and when they slip below the poverty line this is what awaits them. With tuition costs rising exponentially fewer high school graduates will have the opportunity to compete for higher paying jobs and the downward spiral into idiocracy will continue until the oligarchy is complete. Of course that's actually happening now. Welcome to the United States of Wal Mart. Cap't Jack

It’s actually getting so bad that even the Republicans are beginning to declare that they are on the side of the lower socio-economic classes. Of course while being the “champions” their solution will simply continue to be less government and lower taxes, i.e. less money for education.

It's actually getting so bad that even the Republicans are beginning to declare that they are on the side of the lower socio-economic classes. Of course while being the "champions" their solution will simply continue to be less government and lower taxes, i.e. less money for education.
They only suck up to the poor at election time. After that they have zero interest. Lois
It's actually getting so bad that even the Republicans are beginning to declare that they are on the side of the lower socio-economic classes. Of course while being the "champions" their solution will simply continue to be less government and lower taxes, i.e. less money for education.
They only suck up to the poor at election time. After that they have zero interest. Lois Yeah but it is election time. And they will be going big guns with their message that hands off capitalism is the answer to all of our problems, and promoting their big lie that anything else is "socialism" and thus the root of all evil. BTW, speaking of socialism, we need to immediately implement an increase of 10 cents a gallon to our federal gasoline tax to use to repair our increasingly declining infrastructure. (Our economic rise to pre-eminence in the world was due in great part to our building our interstate highway system. We are, now, falling behind most other developed nations in regards to the state of our infrastructure.)

Speaking of the gas tax, the last time it was raised was in 1993 to a little over 18 cents a gallon! With gas prices much lower it’s time to generate some revenue for say, education and soft energy investment? Of course a rep. of Shell oil just intimated on NPR that soft energy would wreck the economy as millions of jobs would be lost if we switched. But I digress.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/03/why-now-would-be-a-very-good-time-to-raise-the-gas-tax/
Cap’t Jack