In 2013, nearly 21 percent of children — 10.9 million kids — were from families who lived in poverty — a jump of 6 percentage points from 2000 and a reversal of a previous trend toward lower poverty. Poverty often has been associated with low academic achievement.

Childhood poverty has risen for every major racial group since 2008, according to the report [from the National Center for Education Statistics]. Childhood poverty in 2013 ranged from 39 percent for blacks and 36 percent for American Indians and Alaska natives, to 13 percent for whites and Asians.

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