That's the answer to yesterday's question: How many children who attend one of the 14 public schools districts in Dallas County qualify for free and reduced meals?
Let that number settle in for a moment.
In the Dallas ISD, 133,010 qualify--that is right at 85% of the entire student body.
This may come as a surprise to those who know the area, the Richardson ISD serves these meals to right at 50% of their students (49.47% to be exact).
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD has 54% of its student body participating.
DeSoto almost 53%.
Duncanville almost 64%.
Grand Prairie 64%.
Not surprisingly, the Highland Park ISD has no one enrolled in the program.
These numbers tell us several things.
We have lots of low-income families in Dallas.
Lots of students have exited the public schools.
Poverty is almost everywhere in the area.
Poverty and public education go hand-in-hand in Dallas.