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Number of regular public school districts, average and median number of days in the school year reported by regular public school districts, by National School Lunch Program participation: School years 2003–04 and 2007–08

2003–04 2007–08  
National School Lunch Program Number of districts   Average number of days   Median number of days   Number of districts   Average number of days   Median number of days  
All regular public school districts  10,910   178.7   179.3   11,030   178.3   179.2  
Percent of K-12 students who were approved
  for free or reduced-price lunches
Less than 50  7,490   178.7   179.3   7,260   178.3   179.2  
50 or more  3,200   178.5   179.2   3,510   178.0   179.1  
District did not participate in free
  or reduced-price lunch program
220 ! 181.9   179.6   260   179.6   178.4  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: Regular public school districts do not include independent charter schools that serve as their own districts. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data Files," 2003–04 and 2007–08.

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