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Friday, January 23, 2015

Free/Reduced lunch rates in rural Iowa

In this screen capture from the ISFIS mapping tool,  you can watch the growth of free and reduced lunch rates from 2002 - 2014.   Dark blue represents districts with greater than 41% free and reduced.  As you watch these rates grow, you can pick out the suburban and bedroom communities around urban centers by the lack of change.

This is one indicator of poverty rates, which are known to be reflected in student achievement as these students do not get the educational opportunities from home that others might.  How our legislature addresses funding for schools could support schools with high F/R rates, but 1.25% allowable growth will do nothing to support these rural schools, who more often than not are losing money with declining enrollment.

Thanks to Larry Sigel and ISFIS for this great mapping tool.

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