The same week Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced it will close a record-breaking number of schools at the end of the school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released a report revealing increased instances of homelessness and poverty amongst Illinois’ students.
half of Illinois’ approximately 2 million students qualify as low
income, increasing from 37.9 percent to 49 percent since 2008, according
to the ISBE.
“Research tells us that children in areas of
concentrated poverty often experience higher levels of stress and can
exhibit more severe behavioral and emotional problems than children
overall,” the report reads. "These difficulties often impact a child’s likelihood of success in
school, leading to lower achievement scores and higher dropout rates."
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