Fed­eral poverty thresh­old dif­fer­ent

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lower stu­dent en­roll­ment, 33,812, com­pared to 157,143 stu­dents shown for the Dal­las district.

Food Re­search and Ac­tion Cen­ter re­searcher Madeleine Levin told us the dis­crep­an­cies may re­flect the fact that the fed­eral counts drew on fig­ures dat­ing to Oc­to­ber 2010 while the cen­ter drew on re­sponses from food ser­vice de­part­ments submitted in fall 2011. At any rate, Levin said, both data sources in­di­cate a high level of poverty among stu­dents in the Dal­las schools.

Next, we looked for a more pre­cise break­down of chil­dren liv­ing in — not just above — poverty.

Cen­sus spokesman Robert Bern­stein helped us com­pare child poverty, based on tax fil­ings and other records, within the Dal­las school district to child poverty in the six other dis­tricts. About 47 per­cent of chil­dren in the Detroit district lived at or

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