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Georgia Sixth in Nation for Low Income Students

October 18, 2013  |  Southern Education Foundation
The information provided here is for informational and educational purposes and does not necessarily reflect the opinion and/or policy position of the Georgia Municipal Association.

At 57%, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of public school students that come from low-income households.

A recent report from the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) ranks Georgia sixth in the nation for the number of public school students that come from low-income households. Low-income students are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
 
Findings from the SEF report include:
 
  • 57% of Georgia students are low-income.
  • 72% of Georgia students attending school in cities (100,000+ in population) are low-income.
  • 54% of Georgia students attending suburban schools are low-income.
  • 54% of Georgia students attending schools in rural areas are low-income.
  • Low income students are more likely than students from wealthier families to have lower tests scores, fall behind in school, dropout, and fail to acquire a college degree.
  • The "learning gap" for low income students in private schools from 2003 to 2011 appears nearly as large as or larger than the gaps in public schools.
  • Since 2005, half or more of the South’s children in public schools have been from low income households
More information can be found in the SEF report, A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and the Nation (PDF, 992KB).