Low-income Students

Over the last 10 years, the number of students in Connecticut who are considered low-income has increased by nine percentage points. Research shows that low-income children need more support to achieve at the same level as their more affluent peers. In Connecticut, low-income students are defined as students who are eligible for the United States Department of Agriculture’s free and reduced price lunch program. For school year 2019-20, a family of four’s children are eligible for free and reduced price lunch if their family's annual income is $47,638 or less. Today, 228,535 Connecticut students qualifying for free or reduced price meals.

The increase in low-income students has not been equal across school districts. Many suburban and rural districts have seen the largest increases in the percentage of their students who are low-income. Canaan, Torrington, and Westbrook have all experienced increases in their low-income student population by at least 25 percent.

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