Strauss, V. (2011, August 22). Back-to-school facts: $7 billion-plus in shopping and everything else. Washington Post.

For the first time in recent history, the majority of children attending U.S. public schools come from low-income families. Among these students, 16 million live in poverty — meaning an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four — which can touch almost every aspect of a child’s life.

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