While the magnet schools throughout Dallas’ affluential suburban areas are among the country’s best public high schools, with world-class instructors and facilities, the inner city district portrays a starkly different reality, and reflects what is becoming an epidemic in the nation’s urban communities: an overwhelming majority of children growing up in dire circumstances. 86 percent of students in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), qualify for free and reduced-price meal plans, while the state considers 66 percent of the district’s students to be at risk for dropping out, according to the New York Times. Furthermore, says Marcus Hiles, a report submitted during a recent City Hall Council Meeting concluded that 38 percent of children in greater downtown Dallas are either homeless or living in a family that earns a gross income beneath the poverty line, although more than 27,000 of the individuals in these homes work full-time jobs.
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