Poverty and Educational Priority

  • Keith G. Banting
Part of the Studies in Policy-Making book series (STPM)


The impact of the rediscovery of poverty in the 1960s soon spread beyond the narrow range of income transfer programmes initially focused on by the CPAG. As the decade progressed, specialists in a wider and wider range of policy areas took up the issue, until proposals for reform to aid the poor were being made in virtually every domestic policy area-education, housing, health, personal social services, taxation, incomes policy. The first major extension of the poverty debate came in 1967 when the Central Advisory Council on Education (CACE) issued a dramatic call for a national programme of compensatory education.1 Education, the Council argued, should be employed in a concerted effort to break down the social barriers that trap young children in poverty. The most deprived urban areas should be designated Educational Priority Areas (EPAs) and receive exceptional educational resources, the best and most generous educational facilities in the land.


Poor Child School Meal Building Programme Family Allowance Formal Designation 
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  • Keith G. Banting
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  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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