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Wisconsin students living in poverty rises again

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The percentage of Wisconsin public school students in poverty continues to increase, according to new numbers from the state Department of Public Instruction(DPI).

DPI revealed Wednesday that 43.3% of students were receiving free or reduced price lunches this school year, up by 625 students, or 0.1%, from the previous school year. However, the new numbers represent a 13.8% increase in the last decade.

There are 359,400 public school students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals in Wisconsin.

To qualify for a free lunch, students' families can't earn more than 130% of the federal poverty level, which is $30,615 for a family of four. Reduced-price lunches are available to students from families earning up to 185% of the poverty level, or $43,568 for a family of four.

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