La. Senate fails to pass lunch shaming bill

The Louisiana Senate is asking the state’s Education Department to create a task force to ensure every student gets a meal at school, KLFY reports.

The task force resolution was OKed after a bill that sought to end lunch shaming failed to pass the Senate Education Committee last month. State lawmakers say the bill, which was backed by the Louisiana House, failed to pass due to worries about districts losing money.

Members of the community, however, are upset that the resolution does not fully ban lunch shaming. A reporter at KLFY created a Facebook poll asking local residents if they think lunch shaming will encourage parents to complete lunch payments. Out of 1,600 voters, only 6% said that lunch shaming would make parents pay overdue lunch bills, while 94% say the practice shouldn’t be allowed.

A number of states have enacted laws banning lunch shaming, including California, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, while others are considering such legislation. 

Read the full story via klfy.com.

 

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