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More area students living in poverty
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More than 41 percent of students in the Monroe school district qualify for free or reduced lunch, an indication they are living in poverty. And while those known cases represent an increase of almost 20 percent in the last 10 years, Director of Pupil Services Joe Monroe warns the actual number of students living in poverty may actually be higher than what's being reported. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - More than 40 percent of all students enrolled in the Monroe school district last school year were below the poverty line, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For the 2014-2015 school year, 41.5 percent of Monroe students were below the poverty line, an increase of almost 20 percent since the 2005-2006 school year. The Monroe school district isn't alone, either.

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