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State's low-income school population rises
Photo by the Janesville Gazette Madison Elementary kindergarten teacher Kathie Koebler reads the book Splash in the Ocean to her Janesville School District students in May. Some of the students have never had a book read to them before they got to the school.
Nearly four in 10 Wisconsin elementary students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch last school year, and the proportion of low-income elementary students has climbed every year of this decade, according to state Department of Public Instruction data analyzed by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.