Education and the Economy

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, the decline in state educational investment is cause for concern. Read more

Related: K-12 Funding Still Below Pre-Recession Levels in Most States

More: State Budget and Tax Analyses

Poverty and the Safety Net

Safety Net Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Last Year, New Census Data Show

Safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2013, our analysis of Census data finds, lifting 39 million people — including more than 8 million children — out of poverty. Read more

Learn more about how specific safety net programs reduce poverty: SNAP  |  Rental Assistance | Tax Credits

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