FAQs about State Misrepresenting Poverty Levels

proper-nutrition-promotes-the-optimal-growth-and-development-of-children-725x544 The state must work to provide affordable and healthy meals for students without using data to skew poverty levels. Mass Budget has provided a FAQ Sheet to clarify some of the issues and possible solutions regarding the roll-out of free and reduced school meals. The FAQ sheet explains how although it is an improvement that more students may receive free and reduced lunch from Direct Certification and Community Eligibility programs, the use of Direct Certification data to compute poverty levels excludes those students who do not already receive government benefits.