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Change will aid school district

Change in way poverty rate is calculated will help the La Grande School District 

The news is giving La Grande School District officials reason for optimism, but it is also raising a red flag. 

Oregon Department of Education figures indicate that the La Grande School District will receive $449,000 in additional state money in 2014-15 for students from low-income families. The money will provide a big boost to a school district that has struggled financially in recent years. 

The state is using a new system to calculate how many students within the state’s school districts are from families below the poverty line.

“The state had been using outdated data before,” said La Grande School District Superintendent Larry Glaze.

The education department’s old formula indicated that the La Grande School District had about 232 students from families below the poverty line. The new formula indicates that the number is about 480.

The new calculation will have a big impact on the school district’s budget since districts receive about $1,700 in additional money for each student from a family below the poverty line, leading the district to project an additional $449,000 in poverty funding.

“I think it is a positive change. It is much closer to realizing our expectations. I have always 

(For the full story see Wednesday's 4/30/14 issue of The Observer) 

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