Rising free and reduced school lunch figures: Does it show growing poverty rate in midstate?
By Julianne Mattera
The portion of students with free and reduced lunch — a possible indicator of poverty — is on the rise at districts across south-central Pennsylvania.
In the last decade at school districts in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Lebanon, Lancaster and Perry counties, free and reduced lunch eligibility has risen by an average of 11.38 percent (Cumberland County) to 17.55 percent (Lancaster County), according to state Department of Education data.
While it’s been disputed whether free and reduced lunch data is a good metric for measuring the poverty rates, Derry Township School District spokesman Dan Treddinick said such data along with recently reviewed census figures exemplify what the district has been seeing anecdotally.
Full story: Rising free and reduced school lunch figures: Does it show growing poverty rate in midstate?, by Julianne Mattera, pennlive.com, 05/04/15