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Report: Majority of Public K-12 Students Qualify for Free/Reduced Meals

The number has increased from 48 percent two years ago and from 40 percent in 2000.

A recently released Southern Education Foundation report finds that the share of public school students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the United States has grown to 51 percent, reports Reuters. The problem is most acute in Mississippi where 71 percent of students were in that category, while New Hampshire had the lowest rate at 27 percent. The conclusions are drawn from an analysis of 2013 data. By comparison, the Foundation's 2013 report, based on 2011 data, put the low income student rate at 48 percent. In 2000, it was 40 percent.

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