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October 17, 2013

Poverty becomes norm for public students in South, West

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States with some of the biggest proportions of poor children spend the least on each student, the new study found. Mississippi, for example, spent $7,928 per student in 2011.

"More and more of these kids are in economic distress," said Gene Nichol, who directs the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina and wrote a recent series of stories published in the Raleigh News and Observer that chronicle poverty in that state. "And there's less and less political will to do the things needed to fix it."

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