Globe and Mail

Child poverty getting worse

Virginia Galt
The Globe and Mail
Thursday, July 8, 1999

The stubborn problem of child poverty must become a priority of Canadian schools because the situation is getting worse, not better, the Canadian School Boards Association says.

More than 20 per cent of Canadian students live in poverty. This affects their ability to sit still, concentrate, learn and behave, and ultimately drags down the success of the entire public-school system, say school board officials meeting in Victoria this week.

An action plan released today by the national association calls for a comprehensive national response to poverty, but also pushes local school boards to take on more responsibility.

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