Hawaii Sees Participation Drop

Hawaii public schools are seeing a decline in the number of students enrolled in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the past two years following a drop in enrollment and the opening of more charter schools, reports the Honolulu Advisor. Enrollment at public schools dropped from 181,000 to 171,000 in the two years between the 2005-06 and 2007-08 school years. Last year, 68,833 students received free or reduced lunches, down from 72,100 the year before.

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