Studies Show Low Income Students Suffer The Most From Education Budget Cuts

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There is no doubt that schools located in the lower economic neighborhoods suffer more when governments, both federal and local decide to cut their budgets. If you take the same budget cuts and apply them to the affluent neighborhoods more often than not you will find that the parents of the more wealthy neighborhoods will chip in their own funds to help, because they have the additional income to do so. Unfortunately in the long run everyone suffers when a child is denied education, wealthy or not.

Have you ever been in an overcrowded classroom, or tried to learn something in one? Because larger classroom sizes is one direct result of educational budget cuts. Instead of each child receiving the amount of attention they need to be able to fully comprehend what is being taught, the information is pushed out to the class in the hopes that it sticks to some of them while the teacher tries to deal with 40 to 60 students at once. There is not a teacher out there that doesn’t spend their own money at one point or another for school supplies for their students; all of this done at salary levels usually below the poverty line.

With teachers that are overwhelmed and classrooms full to bursting it is no wonder that so many of our children are receiving incomplete educations. Employers complain that even when a college graduate applies for a job there is no guarantee they will be able to write papers as they often lack the skill.

In regards to our children being educated, the United States ranks at number 36 in the 65 countries assessed, with half a million student from around the world participating in the tests. With proposed budget cuts to school funding and programs, this number will only get worse.

Programs that are designed to help low income students prepare for college or keep disadvantaged students on track in school are experiencing the brunt of these budget cuts. These are individuals who, with a little help from these programs are expected to graduate from college and become productive members of our society; instead they face having to possibly drop out of school altogether. These programs are a part of what motivates these hard working individuals to stick with it, knowing that there is an educational road ahead ready for them to travel. It is proven that a person who graduates from school provides a public benefit in the form of lower government costs such as health, crime, and welfare. This person is also to contribute to society by contributing to the economy and works of charity.

Education for all should be a number one priority in our country; only through education can we hope to sustain the greatness that this country is known for. If we do not invest in our country through our children’s education we may face a bleak future in the United States.