Offbeat Proposed bills seek to end 'meal shaming' in public schools

20:40  15 may  2018
20:40  15 may  2018 Source:   wcvb.com

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The bill will also end “ meal shaming ,” the practice used in some districts across the nation of verbally reprimanding students in the lunch line or stamping children’s hands as a reminder to their parents they owe money.

Massachusetts legislators want the state to take concrete action to stop damaging policies related to “ meal shaming ” — refusing to give a student hot lunch if they don’t have money or their parents have fallen behind on payments — in public schools . The bills , filed by state Sen.

a dining room table: Desks in classroom © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Desks in classroom Massachusetts lawmakers are being urged to approve legislation that would prevent school districts from denying hot lunches to students who don't have the money to pay for them.

The Legislature's education committee heard testimony on Tuesday from advocates who called for an end to what critics call "meal shaming," for the embarrassment it can cause children.

Under policies in effect in many school districts, cafeteria workers are instructed to throw out a hot meal served to a child and substitute an "alternative" meal - often a cold cheese sandwich - if their parents have fallen behind on payments on their school meal account.

Several other states including California, New York and Pennsylvania have recently adopted rules targeting meal shaming.

The committee said the bill proposed for Massachusetts needs further study.

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