The coronavirus pandemic has led to a nationwide expansion of the free and reduced lunch program for K-12 students, but unfilled paperwork could mean districts miss out on millions of dollars for low-income students next year. The glitch is an unintended consequence of the country’s meals expansion efforts, which in previous years required parents to complete forms to qualify. School districts say with fewer interactions due to remote learning, they are struggling to notify parents of the need to complete the forms. Before this year, families were required to fill out applications to determine if their income qualified them for free or reduced-price lunch at school. This application served another key purpose: state and federal governments use...
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As Forms Go Unfilled By Parents, Schools Could Lose Millions of Dollars in State Aid