DEARBORN, Mich. — Almost two-thirds of Dearborn Public Schools students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, up from about 36 percent in 2000, a school official told the (Dearborn) Press & Guide.

The growing number of low-income students is one reason for the increasing number of district schools now receiving federal Title I assistance, Mark Zigterman, director of student services, told the Press & Guide.

The district receives about $10 million annually in Title I funds, the report said.

To qualify for Title I assistance, at least 40 percent of a school's students must apply and qualify for free or reduced price lunches, the Press & Guide reported.

Some schools receive "targeted" Title I assistance, which must be used to help the lowest-performing students, while others receive "building-wide" funds, which can be used on programs to help all students, according to the report.

(Dearborn) Press & Guide, "More Dearborn schools qualify as low-income," Oct. 23, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "A Michigan School Money Primer: Federal Government," May 30, 2007