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Wash. schools start pilot program to increase meal time

Participating schools will receive $126,000 from the state budget to rearrange their schedules to include a longer lunch period.
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Six schools in Washington state will have complete control over arranging the school day schedule in order to give students more time for lunch, KIRO Radio reports. 

The schools will be part of a two-year pilot program that was created after a state House bill that would have increased the length of lunch periods failed to pass. While Washington law says that students need a reasonable amount of time to eat their lunch, it does not specify actual time amounts.

Participating schools will receive $126,000 from the state budget to rearrange their schedules to include a longer lunch period for students. 

At the end of the pilot, schools will share best practices, and the state will decide whether to implement longer lunch periods. 

Read the full story via mynorthwest.com.

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