School lunch shouldn't come with a side of shame


November 18, 2019

An effort to prevent shaming kids over unpaid lunch debt never made it to discussion in the state Senate last session.

Minnesota children deserve the best educations possible, no matter their ZIP code, race or economic status. They deserve the best teachers in safe and healthy classrooms. They deserve to have access to the materials they need for class. And they deserve to eat lunch without their families' financial situations interrupting their day.

Dozens of students in Richfield last week were shamed publicly for owing the school district more than $15 in lunch debt. The students were singled out and humiliated for something out of their control. The meals on their trays were taken from them and thrown away.


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