Too Many Struggling Students Left Out of New Poverty Rates

file000835798157The rates of public school poverty previously relied on the number of students receiving free and reduced lunches, but this new method of defining poverty leaves out a significant portion of the population. By using food stamps and other welfare benefits to determine poverty, these rates misrepresent the actual conditions in which students live if they don't qualify for government aid.

Economic struggle is an important factor in student opportunity and success, and we can't let this inaccurate measure dictate how our schools are evaluated.