Efforts to stop school-lunch shaming move to Congress
May 7, 2017
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal legislation has been introduced by Democratic lawmakers from New Mexico to ensure schools do not stigmatize or cast shame on children as attempts are made to collect lunch debts from parents.
Companion House and Senate bills were introduced Monday that would prohibit schools from singling out children because their parents have not paid school meal bills.
The proposed legislation is sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham. It mirrors a New Mexico state law adopted this year that cracks down o...