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Survey: Hunger, Class Size Hindering Many NC Students’ Needs

WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio

By LISA PHILIP • JUN 11, 2018

More North Carolina teachers have responded to a working conditions survey than ever before. The results reveal 40 percent of participants don’t believe class sizes are conducive to meeting the needs of all students.

…The survey showed nearly half of North Carolina educators say hunger is a problem for their students.

The problem appears to be most severe in western North Carolina. More than 70 percent of teachers who took the survey there said their students deal with hunger. Nearly 60 percent said their school uses creative strategies to combat the issue.

According to the American Psychological Association, hunger distracts kids from learning. And it can cause toxic stress that harms brain development and academic achievement. This is a especially concerning for child advocates right now, as students start summer vacation and lose access to free school lunches.

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