How are Hispanic families and children, and government at all levels affected by poverty that impacts educational attainment?

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When poverty prevents Hispanic families and their children from achieving high levels of academic success, those families are hurt in the long term.  Educational attainment is very important for economic success in the United States.  People who get college degrees are much more likely to be employed than people who do not.  They are likely to make much more money as well.  This means that, when poverty prevents Hispanic children from achieving academically, it is making it much more likely that they will be poor just as their parents were.  In other words, when poverty causes low levels of educational attainment, it perpetuates poverty in that particular family.  This means that the family will face all the difficulties of poverty for yet another generation.

While the worst impact of this cycle is felt by the people who remain in poverty, there is also an impact on government.  When people are poor and uneducated, they are more likely to place burdens on government.  They are likely to need various forms of public assistance.  They are more likely to commit crimes and get incarcerated.  These things all cost money, thereby putting more pressure on governments to come up with the necessary funds.  In addition, people who are uneducated and poor are not contributing to government revenues by paying taxes.  When people get educated and get good jobs, they pay money in taxes and that helps governments.  But these people have been denied good educations and have remained in poverty.  Therefore, they cannot contribute financially to government.  In short, poor people tend to be a drain on government resources, which means that governments are harmed when many of their people remain poor.

In these ways, both Hispanic families and governments at all levels are harmed if  and when poverty prevents Hispanic children from achieving academically.