What is Poverty Matters?

June 8, 2018


Poverty Matters is an MCEA initiative dedicated to educating the public about the unique needs of at-risk students and advocating for increased 31-A funding for at-risk K-12 students.




We believe that poverty matters. One in five children live in poverty in the United States. Low-income students now represent a majority of students in our Nation’s schools. Nearly one in four of Michigan’s school-age children live in poverty, leaving many of our students and schools with significant challenges.




Michigan can and should do better by its students. Paying attention to factors central to closing the opportunity gap will enable us to meet the needs of all of our students. 




Funding flexibility to meet individual needs and equity are key requirements to address the opportunity gap. A responsive needs-based funding approach is part of the solution.​




Measuring the opportunity gap requires a refined set of indicators that can be examined regularly at multiple levels. This approach must go well beyond assessment scores. Measuring keeps us focused and helps us know how we are progressing on our goals.


To learn more, visit povertymattersmichigan.org.

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