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Poverty is hunger Poverty is homelessness Poverty is not having a job Poverty is not being able to get an education Poverty has many different faces to many different people It has been estimated that in 1998 12 billion people worldwide lived off one dollar per day and in 1999 28 billion people lived off two dollars per day The amount of living money has increased but the amount of people struggling has also increased These statistics show that there is obviously a nationwide problem with poverty People who suffer from poverty often lack adequate food shelter health and education Education is the most valuable thing to have this day and age and a lack of it often leads to poverty Without an education most people get left behind People living in poverty obviously feel less educated than middle and upper class society because of the discrimination against them in the lack of schooling they receive Students living in low-income districts often attend overcrowded under funded schools offering inadequate educations A fifteen-year-old girl from Chicago toured a ninety-year-old inner-city high school and she stated It was a big knock to the head for me It was shocking to see how much they were lacking However parents in these poor areas spend a larger amount of their income on public education than rich parents do This is due to the fact that rich parents property values are higher and therefore they can raise larger amounts of money at lower tax rates Representative Chaka Fattah a democratic from Pennsylvania stated Wealthier neighborhoods naturally get more money than lower-income neighborhoods It cannot be overstated how inherently unequal that system is How can it be that just because of your social status you can be denied an adequate education The people who are born into poverty have no choice in the matter When a child is born into poverty he or she is more likely
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