low-income

Reports this week indicate that some educators in the Topeka school district have had illegal access to data that identifies students from low-income families. This is legally protected as confidential.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that principals and other educators were able to see the data through the district's student information platform called PowerSchool. The data is used to determine which students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

About 48,000 Kansas families received funding through the federal government’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program last winter. The average benefit was $386 per household.

Now those same families will receive another $103 toward their utilities this summer.

The funding is what was left over from the winter program. It’s an additional benefit, not a new application, so there’s no paperwork required.

In most cases, the money goes directly to gas and electric providers.