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CT Public News Service: Husky A Called Better Way to Count Low-Income Children

Andrea Sears, CT Public News Service

July 18, 2016 - less than 1 minute

Counting how many children come from low-income families is one factor in distributing funds to schools.

To do that count, the state has relied on the number of children who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches.

But the introduction of the federal Community Eligibility Provision for school lunches has led to some schools being declared 100 percent eligible.

According to Katie Roy, director of the Connecticut School Finance Project, that's a good thing since every child in those schools will get good nutrition.

"But what it means for the policy side is that free and reduced price lunch is no longer going to be an accurate metric for identifying low-income students," she states.

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