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Poverty rates and local schools

Created: 12/18/2013 5:49 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The numbers are startling. New research looks at poverty level in our local school districts. The Census Bureau released its report on the number of children living in poverty. The numbers show a large gap between the Rochester City School District and other schools throughout the area. 

The report only included districts in upstate New York. Forty one percent of students in the Rochester City School District live in poverty. The district came in at the bottom of the list at 453, one of the most challenged across upstate. In Greece, which is the second largest school district, there were 14 percent of students living in poverty, putting them at 167. But in Brighton, there were only about five percent in poverty, ranking them in the top 10. 

Some local leaders say they're committed to closing the gap and helping improve Rochester's poverty rates. News10NBC spoke to the RCSD Board of Education President. He says poverty can obviously impact a student's education.

But these numbers don't surprise Malik Evans. He says the district tries to help with programs like free and reduced meals and providing shelter for homeless students. 

News10NBC spoke to Dr. Del Smith. He will soon be the city's commissioner of neighborhood and business development. While the school district won't fall under his umbrella, he says as he tries to reduce poverty as a whole in the city, it will obviously help the school district.

Board president Evans says, as a community, we need to pay close attention to these numbers and work together to change them.



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