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Article in Response to Controversy

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Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. - Herman Melville, “Poor Man’s Pudding,” 1854

Poverty is a problem with important educational implications. Poor children, for example, often struggle academically in school, pose unique disciplinary problems for teachers and administrators, and may require additional resources to be successful (Byrne, 2008; Jackson, 2008). Given these challenges, school districts have devoted considerable time and money to professional development intended to better prepare educators to work with children from poor backgrounds. Perhaps the most visible contemporary spokesperson on poverty and education to whom districts have turned is Dr. Ruby Payne, author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty (2005).

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