Pennsylvania: Parents could lose kids over unpaid school lunches

Pennsylvania: Parents could lose kids over unpaid school lunches
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[Ed. – Obviously I’m no friend of failing to pay your bills. But in a lot of school districts now, parents aren’t allowed to pack their kids’ own lunches. They are required to participate in the paid lunch program (or the rules for what kids can bring are so prohibitive, no one can reasonably comply with them). Threatening parents with child welfare raids if they don’t pay up is outright extortion.]

A Pennsylvania school district is warning that children could end up in foster care if their parents do not pay overdue school lunch bills.

The letters sent recently to about 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District have led to complaints from parents and a stern rebuke from Luzerne County child welfare authorities.

The district says that it is trying to collect more than $20,000, and that other methods to get parents to pay have not been successful. Four parents owe at least $450 apiece.

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