AP title More than 50,000 children in America can’t access education, and their parents can’t afford it article In a country with the highest percentage of children living in poverty, the most vulnerable in our society often have no choice but to rely on technology to access basic education.
The AP’s data shows that in some states, nearly half of children in kindergarten through 12th grade cannot attend school because of the lack of a high school diploma.
The data shows children who do not have a high-school diploma, but who still qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, are almost twice as likely to be living in homes where they do not receive a primary education credential.
And when a child is living with their parents, the chance of them graduating high school and getting a credential is even higher.
More than half of all children living with parents who did not have college degrees or high school diplomas had to wait three years or longer to graduate, the AP found.
For many, the prospect of leaving home to attend college or find work in their field was unthinkable.
Some even found it difficult to find jobs.
The National Alliance for College Access and Success (NACAS), a national nonprofit organization that helps support children in public schools, said in a statement it is heartbroken to see that so many children can no longer attend school and are struggling with finding work.
But the NACAS said it is working with schools to provide them with the tools and resources they need to help them succeed.
We applaud the efforts of school districts and states to support and enhance access to high-quality high-need preschool and elementary schools.
And we urge the Trump administration to expand access to public preschool and other supports for disadvantaged children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.