New California law bans school lunch debt shaming | TheHill

New California law bans school lunch debt shaming | TheHill

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia governor signs law banning people from smoking in state parks, on beaches California becomes first state in US requiring public universities to offer abortion pill on campus Calif. officials say man using oxygen tank died within minutes of PG&E power shutoff MORE (D) has signed into law a measure that guarantees students will receive state-funded lunches, regardless of if their parents or guardians have unpaid meal fees.The bill, which was spearheaded by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D), prohibits so-call “lunch shaming,” a practice in which institutions deny students with unpaid fees a meal of their choice. It also seeks to ensure that a student “is not shamed or treated differently from other pupils” for having unpaid lunch debts. “Creating a ‘California for All’ means ensuring schools are inclusive, accepting, and welcoming of all kids,” Newsom said in a statement, before crediting Napa County elementary school student Ryan Kyote for giving national attention to the issue. Governor @GavinNewsom had the honor to meet Ryan Kyote last week. This amazing young man saved his allowance and used it to pay his classmates’ lunch debt. For Ryan, it was just wrong that some kids couldn’t afford to eat lunch. He’s right about that. #CaliforniaForAll pic.twitter.com/4DIse1OEGo— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 9, 2019Kyote, a student at West Park Elementary School, gained widespread acclaim earlier this year after using his allowance money to pay off school lunch debts for his entire third-grade class. “He showed how at many schools across the country, students whose parents are not able to pay for their lunch are given a cheaper, ‘alternative’ lunch that causes them to stick out from their peers,” Newsom said, thanking “Ryan for his empathy and his courage in bringing awareness to this important issue.”The law, SB265, amends Child Hunger Prevention and Fair Treatment Act of 2017 by requiring school districts, charter schools and education agencies to invalidate policies that ask officials to give alternative meals to students with unpaid fees. U.S. Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill’s Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump attacks Omar as ‘America-hating socialist’ at Minnesota rally MORE (D-Minn.) in June introduced The No Shame at School Act, which would bar any kind of identification of students who cannot pay for lunch at school. “Across this country, students whose families are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and humiliated at lunchtime,” Omar said at the time. “These students are subjected to various shaming practices at schools. Some students have been literally branded with stamps.”
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