Rep. Ilhan Omar. (Phil Pasquini, Shutterstock.com)
Two Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill to combat shaming students over school lunch debt. US Representative Ilhan Omar and Senator Tina Smith introduced a bill in June called the No Shame at School Act of 2019. The proposed bill prevents public schools from shaming students who cannot pay for school meals or those students with outstanding debt to the cafeteria. The legislation would also require schools to track a child’s unpaid meal debt and ensure the federal government will reimburse the school meals for up to 90 days, according to a press release about the bill.
“Everyone knows you can’t learn or perform well when you are hungry. We need to support students in Minnesota and across the country by ensuring that kids are not humiliated because of an inability to pay for lunch,” Smith said. “Lunch shaming can stigmatize low-income students and…
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