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Mass. bans lunch shaming in schools

Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a new law banning practices such as barring students who have unpaid meal balances from extracurriculars.
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill prohibiting practices known as lunch shaming into law.

The new law prevents schools in the state from publicly identifying a student who has an unpaid meal balance and requires them to provide a hot meal to the student. Other forms of lunch shaming, such a barring students from extracurricular activities, are also no longer allowed.

In addition, schools must also participate in the Community Eligibility Provision if they are eligible.

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