Poverty

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty: The State’s Superintendent Weighs In
By Brie Lusheck
Public Policy Associate
October 3, 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty heard from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria.

From the start, Superintendent DeMaria challenged the committee by saying there is “no more important challenge that we must address.” Having set the tone for the remainder of his presentation, the superintendent dug into district, building, and student data from across the state, highlighting the newly released Ohio School Report Card data that were made available September 14.


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The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty
By Brie Lusheck
Public Policy Associate
August 25, 2017

The Speaker’s Task Force on Education and Poverty (STFEP) was announced in March in addition to four other committees on topics ranging from the opiate crisis to energy policy. The common goal of the various tasks forces is to better understand the subject each committee is charged with and to make policy recommendations to the House as its session resumes in the 132nd General Assembly.   

The STFEP will focus on an improved understanding of the achievement gap as it relates to education and poverty by focusing on state data and proven outcomes that work to assist in minimizing the gap. This goal will be accomplished by exploring both practical and proven approaches that have worked around the country and have shown significant educational outcomes.



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Extreme Poverty in Ohio: 
How Many People in Ohio Live on Less than $2.00 Per Day?

By Joseph Ahern
Research Fellow

Updated April 6, 2016




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Poverty is Everywhere…Even in Geauga County
By Rose Frech, Fellow

March 3, 2016 

According to the most recent data made available by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), Cuyahoga County is home to the greatest number of low-income residents in the state. About 18 percent of the population lives at or below the poverty threshold, about $19,000 for a family of three. In the city of Cleveland, it’s 35 percent. And it’s not just Cleveland that’s struggling. Poverty rates are staggering in many of Ohio’s major cities.

In contrast, neighboring rural Geauga County has a median household income of nearly $70,000 per year (it’s about $44,000 in Cuyahoga County), and poverty sits at about 8 percent, far below the state average. Their schools are high-rated, and the county’s unemployment rate is only 3 percent.



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