At Fresno Unified, employees are going door-to-door to encourage families to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Under the new law, districts will receive extra money for students who are low-income, learning English or in foster care. A boost that could amount to about $15 million for Fresno Unified.
Superintendent Michael Hanson says out of the 55 thousand forms sent out to families just under a thousand remain outstanding.
While he's complying with the state's new rules, he's urging the California Department of Education to use the information parents already provided the district, on the federally subsidized meal plan.