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Current and Potential School System Responses to Poverty


  • Benjamin Levin
  • J. Anthony Riffel


The negative impact of poverty on all educational and life outcomes is well known, yet the issue does not seem to occupy as important a place in education policy or practice as its effects would suggest. This paper, part of a larger study on the way school systems respond to change, looks at the ways in which poverty is understood in school systems and the ways that schools try to respond to it. We argue that although poverty is not created by schools, and the problems of poverty cannot be resolved by schools, there are steps schools could take to understand the issue more fully and to cope with it more effectively. Efforts in this direction would seem to be a critical part of any attempt to provide effective education.

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  • Benjamin Levin & J. Anthony Riffel, 2000. "Current and Potential School System Responses to Poverty," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(2), pages 183-196, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:2:p:183-196

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