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Stats That Stick–November 30, 2011

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November 30, 2011 06:34 pm

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Here are this week’s “Stats that Stick,” courtesy of Alliance Policy Intern Bill DeBaun:

Number of states that have made midyear cuts to K-12 education: 18. State budgets are improving, but not quickly enough to avoid cuts to education, says Education Week. In the 2010-11 school years, 39 states made overall reductions and 35 made midyear budget cuts. The article reports that “the total size of state general fund budgets in fiscal 2012, $666.6 billion, is still 3 percent below prerecession levels.”

Number of counties in the United States that saw significant increases in child poverty since 2007: 653. A recent US Census Bureau report reveals that child poverty is much more prevalent now than pre-recession year 2007, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The 653 counties represent just under 21% of all of the counties in the United States. Across the country, only 8 counties saw a decrease in child poverty between 2007 and the present.

Amount of money Detroit could be fined for high truancy in its schools: $25.9 million. Detroit’s public schools had less than the state-mandated 75 percent attendance on 46 days last year, according to the Detroit News. If a district doesn’t reach that limit, it stands to lose funding based on the number of absentees. Calendar changes have been proposed to try to save the district money and change behaviors on days where attendance is particularly low.

Number of states that will compete for a third round of Race to the Top funding: 7. Education Week reports that Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will compete for $200 million in funding available in this third round of funding. These states all narrowly missed receiving a portion of the $4 billion that was available in the last round of funding. This current round of Race to the Top requires applicants to “explain how their plan will help improve science, technology, engineering, and math education.”

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