Poverty is a phrase that has been constantly linked to failures in American schools. The beginning of every year sees an increasing number of children enrolling in schools. Most of these children come from poor socio economic backgrounds with needs that schools, even well funded ones, are unprepared to meet. Most people tend not to understand what poverty is and its devastating effects on families. When a family is embedded in poverty, the child's education becomes the least on their scale of preference. For the family without resources, survival takes the front seat. It can be wrong, however, for anyone to embrace the belief that parents from poor families overlook their children's education. The reality is that for them, keeping the children alive is of the utmost importance. In this paper, I will look into the effect of poverty on learning in American schools. Additionally, the difficulties faced by those teaching children of poverty will also be highlighted.