Widespread job losses impact student achievement, new study finds

The Huffington Post reports:

Studies have long indicated that children whose parents lose jobs will falter academically. But new evidence shows that widespread job loss doesn’t only affect the children of the jobless, it hurts kids whose parents are still employed, too.

Statewide job loss decreases children’s test scores, regardless of the employment status of their parents, according to “Children Left Behind: The Effects Of Statewide Job Loss On Student Achievement,” a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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