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When Mayor Bill de Blasio approved New York City’s $75 billion budget last week, his signature on a key aspect of the spending plan signaled the latest evidence of a major shift in how school districts are approaching feeding their low-income students.

Included in New York City’s new budget agreement is a plan to spend $6.25 million to provide free lunches to all the city’s public middle school students — regardless of their income — as part of a pilot program beginning in the fall.

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