automatic News for 10-27-2019

Mullan Road student raises $10,000 to help erase school meal debt

National Backlash For Cherry Hill’s Revised School Lunch Policy

CHERRY HILL, NJ – Students in the Cherry Hill Public School District can’t be denied lunch for accrued debt under a new policy approved by the Board of Education earlier this month. The old policy said students could be denied lunch after accruing more than $20 in debt, although that policy was never enforced. Under the new policy, approved by the board last week, students who owe $10 or more in back lunch pay would be served the meal of the day, but would be restricted when it came to a la carte items. As a last resort, students who are in debt more than $75 would also be banned from some extracurricular activities, including prom and non-educational field trips, according to Cherry Hill Public School District spokeswoman Barbara Wilson. The revised policy still garnered negative reaction at the school board meeting and from some high profile figures. 

As president, I will fight for universal free school lunch and relieve all school lunch debt. My plan will push to cancel student breakfast and lunch debt and increase funding to school meals programs so all students can get a nutritious meal. Free school lunches should be available to every student who needs one. The district will continue to work with families who find themselves falling behind in paying school lunches. Currently, parents are sent a letter by mail every 10 days they have a lunch debt. 

The district will also continue to work with any family that makes a good faith effort to pay their delinquent lunch bill. In August, Assistant Superintendent Lynn Shugars suggested the district needed to start following the policy of not providing lunch for students who were more than $20 in debt. 

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Source: https://patch.com/new-jersey/cherryhill/activities-banned-cherry-hill-students-who-owe-lunch

New Jersey school district rejects donor’s offer to pay large lunch debt

Officials with the Cherry Hill Public Schools this week rejected a Philadelphia donor’s offer to pay the lunch debt owed by students amid announcements that students with outstanding lunch fees would not be able to attend their proms or field trips. Cherry Hill school district superintendent Joseph Meloche said it would not accept donations toward the $14,343 meal debt incurred by more than 340 students. MORE NEWS: New Jersey’s American Dream mega-mall to debut indoor Nickelodeon theme park, ice rink on Friday. In August, a controversial plan proposed that students with fees above $10 would receive a tuna sandwich instead of a hot meal. A month after the tuna sandwich proposal, the district announced that all students, regardless of debt, would still be able to select a hot meal for lunch. 

They would not be able to participate in school activities like proms or school trips. Under the current plan, students with a debt under $10 will still receive a hot meal. When the debt reaches $25, parents will be contacted to discuss the balance and financial needs. At $75, parents will be called for a mandatory meeting with school officials and students will not be able to participate in activities until the bill is paid. The Inquirer reported that statewide, New Jersey schools serve about 225,000 free or reduced-price breakfasts and 400,000 free or reduced-price lunches. 

About 20% of Cherry Hill’s 11,000 student base are eligible for reduced-price or free meals. The district eventually issued an apology and accepted the donation. 

Keywords: [“school”,”student”,”debt”]
Source: https://www.phillyvoice.com/cherry-hill-school-district-lunch-debt-donation-prom-field-trips/

New Jersey pupils with $75 lunch debt banned from prom and field trips

A US school district has banned students who have more than $75 in lunch debt from attending the prom and other extra-curricular activities. A businessman said he would settle the debts but the board rejected his offer. In August, Cherry Hill had announced that students behind on payments would only be given tuna sandwiches rather than a full meal. Following a public outcry, the board withdrew the policy, replacing it with the ban on indebted students taking part in extra-curricular activities. The district has 19 schools with a total of about 11,350 students, of whom about 20% are eligible for reduced-price or free meals, The Inquirer reports. 

A meal at Cherry Hill costs $3, rising to $3.10 for high school students. Eric Goodwin, the school board president, said a one-time charitable donation would not help families address underlying problems, the Courier Post reports. 

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Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50152383

New Jersey pupils with $75 lunch debt banned from prom and field trips

A US school district has banned students who have more than $75 in lunch debt from attending the prom and other extra-curricular activities. A businessman said he would settle the debts but the board rejected his offer. In August, Cherry Hill had announced that students behind on payments would only be given tuna sandwiches rather than a full meal. Following a public outcry, the board withdrew the policy, replacing it with the ban on indebted students taking part in extra-curricular activities. The district has 19 schools with a total of about 11,350 students, of whom about 20% are eligible for reduced-price or free meals, The Inquirer reports. 

A meal at Cherry Hill costs $3, rising to $3.10 for high school students. Eric Goodwin, the school board president, said a one-time charitable donation would not help families address underlying problems, the Courier Post reports. 

Keywords: [“school”,”students”,”board”]
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50152383

Warren Decries ‘Cruel’ Policy on School Lunch Debt

New Jersey’s Cherry Hill school district announced in August that students would receive tuna sandwiches instead of a full meal until their lunch debt was repaid. It soon abandoned that policy amid public outcry, but its so-called compromise isn’t going over much better. Per ABC News and the BBC, the school board rejected a businessman’s offer to pay off all student lunch debt, then unanimously passed a policy blocking students with more than $75 in debt from attending extra-curricular activities like prom, and even from buying a yearbook, at an Oct. 15 board meeting. 

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Source: https://www.newser.com/story/282103/warren-decries-cruel-policy-on-school-lunch-debt.html