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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 10:01 AM
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Free lunch question.
Edited on Sat Nov-05-11 10:26 AM by proud2BlibKansan
A tea party rep here in my area is claiming there are districts in Kansas that have 100% of their students qualifying for free lunch. We easily proved him wrong by actually checking with the state DOE.

This is not the first time I have seen this claim. It appears to be a new right wing talking point. On one right wing blog recently I even saw the claim that teachers are being paid incentives for every free lunch application they turn in. :rofl:

This leads to my question: Are any teachers here aware of any school district where 100% of the children are eligible for free lunch? Not individual schools - an ENTIRE district. That's the claim being made.

I'm not talking about the program where if a certain percent of the kids are eligible in a school, ALL kids eat free. (Is that program even still available? In my district it has been discontinued.) I mean every single chid in the district lives below the poverty level and qualifies for free meals at school. Is that a reality anywhere in the USA?

Thanks.


oops on edit - the video where the tea partier makes this claim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6MvYMyk1Fs
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 10:19 AM
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1. I would expect that somewhere in the US there are districts with 100% at or below poverty level
And if there aren't now there soon will be, sadly.

I expect that it might be a one school district, or a rural district, but, yes, I'll bet there is such a thing.

Which, by the way, doesn't make the tea party rep right about any damned thing.

As to the incentive thing, pure horseshit.

:hi:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 10:27 AM
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2. I just added the video of the rep making his claim
I also think there may be one district SOMEWHERE. But I was surprised to learn there are none in my state. Hence, the reason I asked the question here.
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 10:57 AM
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3. My research doesn't come up with any districts that even come close.
Edited on Sat Nov-05-11 10:58 AM by NYC_SKP
And to think that in my county I can find several that have a higher free or reduced lunch percentage than, say, Galena, KS... wow.

So, they are full of poo on this claim, I'm confident.

:hi:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-11 10:58 AM
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4. Thank you.
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Sgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 06:12 AM
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5. It looks like 1 district in MS
(Claiborne) is 100% free lunch (may included reduced). Another (Quitman) is 99%.

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/mississippi/lee/65
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