Concentrated Poverty and Maryland Schools

Posted 09 November 2017CCDCC Strong Schools Maryland

The definition: The US Census Bureau defines concentrated poverty as a census tract where 40% of people live below the poverty line. For school districts, this is most often measured by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The situation in Maryland: 58% of Maryland's schools serve a population of concentrated poverty. 44% of Maryland's students are living in poverty. The percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals has doubled since the last time education funding was studied in 2002.

Strong School Maryland's goals: SSM is working to ensure that the Kirwan Commission produces a strong report that lays out the path to creating a good education system. SSM supports the 9 Building Blocks for a World Class Education System and wants to make sure the Commission is adapting each building block to solutions that work in the context of Maryland. This month, Strong Schools Maryland will look at part of the solution to addressing concentrated poverty.