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ERIC Number: ED560034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
At-Risk Funding in Kansas: Free Lunch Status and At-Risk Status. Research Reports
Kansas Association of School Boards
The percentage of public school students qualifying for free or reduced price meals has increased from about 33 percent to nearly 50 percent over the past 15 years. Kansas uses the number of students eligible for free (but not reduced-price) lunch to determine the amount of funding school districts receive to provide for services to at-risk students. Because the value of this weighting factor has increased from 10 percent of base state aid per pupil to over 45 percent of base aid, questions have been raised about whether the number of students receiving free meals is due to actual changes in student and family economic need, or whether the increased weighting factor has caused districts to "recruit" families who may not actually qualify. This document presents data and comparisons that address those questions. Data suggests the increased weighting factor was not directly related to the increase in the percent of free and reduced-price lunch eligible students. Instead, a combination of increased poverty in children and the increase in the use of direct certification account for the majority of this change in Kansas. A list of references contains data source information.
Kansas Association of School Boards. 1420 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604. Tel: 800-432-2471; Tel: 785-273-3600; Fax: 785-273-7580; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB)
Identifiers - Location: Kansas