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Poverty and education in the East End

02/24/2013 9:56 AM by

Today’s RTD has a look the poverty/education connection in the East End:

After years of violence and a seemingly endless cycle of despair in a part of town that is home to four large public housing complexes and some of the most concentrated poverty on the East Coast, much good is happening in Richmond’s East End these days.

But change has taken decades, and there are still deep-rooted social challenges in that part of the city, particularly in schools.

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The problem in the East End is that while middle-class families are moving in, the majority of school-age children live in poverty, and many come from homes where parents cannot or will not involve themselves in schools. The city school population as a whole has a poverty rate of 70 percent; in the East End, some schools are closer to 100 percent.


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