Socio Economic Status is a common denominator in predicting the success and failure rates of ALL students; yet our school systems and our government refuses to address these issues.

Socioeconomic factors include income, ethnicity, sense of community and other such factors. Studies have shown that certain segments of society are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards, and may be more vulnerable to such hazards than other populations (American Lung Association, 2001; Smith KR, 2000).