Why Nearly Half Of Kansas Students Get Subsidized Lunches

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The number of Kansas public school students qulifying for free or reduced-price lunches has seen a steady increase over the past 15 years.

A report from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) shows the number has risen from about one in three kids to nearly half of them.

The KASB says most of the increase is due to changes in federal requirements to identify eligible students and because more students are living in poverty.

The KASB analyzed the issue amid questions over whether the numbers reflected actual students' need or if schools were trying to get more funding through at-risk dollars, which is based in part on the number of students receiving free and reduced lunch.