One of four Escambia students live in poverty

November 30, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau released data on income and poverty estimates for the nation’s 3,142 counties and more than 14,000 public school districts, showing that the number of school-age children living in poverty-stricken families has increased in 653 counties. The database contains statistical data for every county in the nation.

The Escambia County Public School District has in 2010 had 11,914 children between the ages of 5 and 17 living in families in poverty. That’s 26.9 percent of their student population in that age group, more than 1 out of every four students.

This percentage is a huge jump from five years ago-21 percent-and up from 2000 (10 years ago)-19.7 percent.

Look at the database – here.

So any cut in social services on the state or federal level will hurt the local economy, placing the burdens of taking care of these children more on our backs and reducing the amount of outside dollars flowing into this community.

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  • Cal Robinson November 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, L. Laird really doesn’t like our veterans. The Honor Flight Network ( is a non-profit organization that honors the veterans who sacrifices can never be repaid.

    Laird also assumes that those who choose to donate to the Honor Flight Network don’t also make donations to organizations like Milk & Honey ( or Manna Food Pantries ( just to list two of the many community organizations helping children and their families.

    It’s not an either or situation. It might be a novel concept for Laird to grasp, but people can and do give to more than one organization and he shouldn’t assume that honoring the service of our veterans means not also giving to children’s organization.

  • L.Laird November 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    TWELVE HUNDRED (1200) FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN are HOMELSS in Escambia County..And what makes the headlines, thousands of dollars $$$$ spent sending OLD veterans off too Washington DC and Pearl Harbor….NOT $$$ dime for homeless children, nor do the HAVES ( $$$) even give a darn about them…it seems. DOES not speak well about this community…”me thinks”,,,, this community has their priority backwards…we should be thinking about helping these children more THAN spending thousands $$$$ sending old solders off too just see memorials reflecting death and destruction.

  • Ross Calloway November 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Change you can step in.