Some grim back-to-school news —

According to a research gathered by the national nonprofit Share our Strength, 73 percent of Arkansas public school teachers say they have students who regularly come to school hungry. Seventy-one percent of the Arkansas teachers surveyed say that “a lot” or “most” of their students’ primary nutrition comes from school meals. The survey was conducted among over 1,000 K-8 public school teachers nationwide, with an oversampling in Arkansas.

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Nationwide, three out of five of the teachers surveyed said that students regularly come to school hungry. These teachers report spending about $26 a month out of their own pocket to feed hungry students. No Kid Hungry Arkansas has more information.

On a brighter note —

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Talk Business reports that Arkansas students’ ACT scores rose nearly a full composite point, to average 20.3, in 2012.