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Our message is simple: whether it is good or bad times, the education of all our children including poor, African American, and Latino children cannot be deferred. For the sake of all Arkansas, the state must set a new course, a new direction in public education.
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Enrollment by Income Level (K-12) in Southern Education States
 
Click to view the full article (PDF) Across the U.S., participation rates in the federal National School Lunch Program, which offers free and reduced lunches, identifies those schools with higher low-income enrollments. Children eligible for reduced lunches come from families with incomes at or below 185% of the poverty level, which was $34,040 for a family of 4 for the period between July 2003 and June 2004. Eligibility for free lunches begins at 130% of the poverty level, or $24,920. In the same fiscal year, the median family income for a family of 4 in the U.S. was $63,278.
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