Sunday, January 18, 2015

Analysis: 47 Percent of Idaho Public School Students Qualify for Meal Assistance

Posted By on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM

A new analysis confirms that there is an increasing number of poor students in the United States, and as many as 47 percent of Idaho students are eligible to receive free- or reduced-price lunches.

The study from the Southern Education Foundation, looked at federal data and found that 51 percent of children in American public schools qualified for subsidized meals in 2013, compared to 38 percent in 2000.

Close to two-thirds of the nation's poorest children are in the South, according to the report, but the West has a growing proportion of low-income students: 59 percent in Utah, 51 percent in Nevada, 49 percent in Oregon, 45 percent in Washington and Idaho's 47 percent.

“We in no way are providing schools and teachers in schools with what it takes to educate low-income students today, as they continue to become a huge part of the school population,” Steve Suitts, the foundation's vice president, told The New York Times.

The Times reports that President Barack Obama is planning to request an additional $1 billion in 2016, earmarked for particular school districts with higher percentages of poor students.

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