A bill that would have provided free school meals to all K-12 students in Virginia has been killed in a House subcommittee.
The state bill failed to pass the House Pre-K-12 Education Subcommittee last week in a 5-3 vote.
HB 1967 would have required schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all Virginia students unless they received written instruction from a student’s parent or guardian to not offer the meals.
Virginia currently provides free school meals to students who qualify for reduced-price ones. The state is one of many that have introduced a universal free meals bill this legislative session.
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