In Mississippi children who qualify for free lunch are regarded under state law as children at-risk. Statistically, children at-risk are more likely to drop out or graduate late or graduate not college-ready. Children at-risk are more likely to have teachers who are not qualified, have fewer years teaching, and do not have the experience basis to understand and meet their education and support requirements. Teacher and administrator expectations for children at-risk are often lower than for other students and their needs are more likely to be ignored. Relevant federal and state programs are under-funded, under-utilized and under-enforced. This must change!