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One area where the scale of Fairfax County could be a problem is the at-risk add-on program, which provides money to school divisions with a high percentage of students who live in poverty, basing aid on percentages rather than actual numbers of students. Although the county has 55,000 students who live in poverty, only 29 percent of students receive free or reduced price lunch, below the statewide average, 41 percent.

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