Who Qualifies for Free Lunches?

Fall below an income threshold, and you receive some public benefits–and your school district gets more money from the state.

Kenneth Daniel has argued that school districts cheat the state by over-reporting the number of low-income students. Following up on this them, he recently published an edited version of an e-mail exchange he had with one superintendent. It’s interesting reading. A fundamental difference between the two individuals is whether or not “low-income” can, for policy purposes, be equated witih “at-risk,” as in “at-risk students,” for whom state taxpayers pay extra money.

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