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Education Week, v20 n15 Dec 13 2000

This issue, the fifth in a series on demographic forces shaping U.S. education, highlights the persistence of poverty, examining the experiences of one Kentucky school system. Wolfe County, Kentucky, uses education to lift its children out of poverty. This extremely poor county is as poor as it ever was (which is also true in central cities and rural communities nationwide, though the number of working poor families has grown dramatically). Wolfe County's experiences suggest that with concerted efforts, including social and academic supports, educators and communities can make inroads against poverty's ill effects and enable poor children to achieve academically. Student test scores have improved recently to the extent that Kentucky classifies all five of the county's schools as being "in rewards." Over three-quarters of the county's graduating seniors move on to postsecondary education. The financial picture for Wolfe County's schools brightened with the advent of the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, which equalized school spending statewide, established a testing and accountability system, and created family and youth resource support centers. Wolfe County also has an improved school breakfast and lunch program. It provides educationally oriented field trips to expose children to the world beyond Wolfe county. (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Parent Participation, Poverty, Public Education, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Social Services, Socioeconomic Influences, State Aid, Working Poor

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Author: Viadero, Debra


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