Cleveland City Schools hears criticism of free lunch pilot program

Some express feelings of a federal overreach and inefficient use of taxpayer dollars.

CLEVELAND—The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education took time to hear some criticism over their recent decision to use federal Community Eligibility Provision funds. Local Republican leader, Dr. John Stanbery spoke briefly and passionately about what he sees as a federal overreach and inefficient use of taxpayer dollars. Dr. Stanbery said that the federal contracts attached to the CEP are difficult to understand and being used to push an agenda beyond feeding children. 

“I am not here to discuss children who qualify for free and reduced lunch," said Dr. Stanbery. "I am here to discuss children whose families earn much too and subsequently don’t qualify for free and reduced lunch. I believe that the program that we are signing up for is the federal government dangling a carrot out in front of us.