Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
free and reduced-price lunch
May 23, 2019
Garage sales and GoFundMe campaigns are nice, but districts want better fix for school lunch debt
In Colorado and the rest of the country, fundraisers to pay off school meal debt are common, but some district leaders say they're not a viable long-term solution.
Kids eat free
February 21, 2019
Colorado could expand lunch subsidy to high school students
When Colorado expanded a school lunch subsidy to middle school students, the number of sixth- through eighth-graders eating lunch at school went up…
October 9, 2018
Five ways a proposed immigration rule could impact Colorado students and schools
Advocates for immigrant families fear that a proposed federal rule governing green card decisions could pose challenges for students, educators, and schools.
September 12, 2018
See how well Colorado schools are serving students from low-income families
Chalkbeat's database shows growth scores for students who receive subsidized lunches and those who do not. Look up your school, and compare schools side-by-side.
August 21, 2018
After a spike in unpaid school lunches last year, Denver takes steps to prevent a reprise
A year after the Denver school district instituted a policy meant to prevent lunch-shaming, district officials are planning new measures to reduce debt from unpaid meals.
February 19, 2018
Indiana education is evolving. Here’s how Chalkbeat is growing to keep you informed.
How we're striving to provide strong, independent, in-depth coverage of efforts to improve public education for all kids, especially those from low-income families.
January 24, 2018
For 40 cents a meal, Colorado could feed a lot more middle school students
Colorado subsidizes free lunches for kids from low-income families, but that program expires after fifth grade. A bill in the legislature would change that.
metrics that matter
September 12, 2016
New York state officials rethinking which students should count as ‘poor’
New York state's top education policymakers discuss moving away from calculating poverty based on free and
April 27, 2016
First Person: How the shame of ‘free-free’ inspired my push for universal free lunch
I was once that bullied student in the cafeteria.
September 21, 2015
The changing face of Indianapolis reflected by school enrollment data
And with every annual enrollment count, the subtle changes that are reshaping Indianapolis schools become a bit more pronounced.
May 7, 2015
Pre-K expansion will be pricier than expected, budget shows
The budget also includes new funding to help struggling schools with academic programs and guidance counselors and hundreds of new school sports programs
August 20, 2014
Free lunches for middle schoolers could mean new pressure for principals
Because the city will for the first time offer free lunch to all middle-school students, the children will receive meals regardless of whether they turn in the forms—but schools could lose out on tens of thousands of dollars if they don’t.
June 20, 2014
Final budget includes middle school free lunch, small-schools sports funds
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito agreed to a $75 billion budget on Thursday that includes $6.25 million to provide free…
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line