Researcher calls free breakfasts educational "magic bullet"

01/5/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Nearly 18 million low-income U.S. children receive free or reduced-price lunches, but less than half of those opt in to similar breakfast programs, according to a recent study from Harvard University researchers. While researchers say school breakfasts may improve attendance, test scores, grades, behavior and health, many parents remain unaware of the option or have a difficult time getting children to school in time to eat before classes begin.

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