TN lawmakers look to end “lunch shaming” students

NASHVILLE — Imagine being from a family that barely makes ends meet. Now imagine that your child, behind on their school lunch account, was shamed by educators by being required to do chores or miss school activities.

Under a new Tennessee House bill educators would be banned from “lunch shaming” students. It would also be illegal to publicly identify students as being unable to pay. Educators would also be required to assist parents in applying for free or reduced-price lunches.

The House Education Committee narrowly passed the measure by a 13-10 vote today. It must still pass the House and Senate to become law. To voice your opinion, contact Moore County’s Representative Iris Rudder at 615-741-8695 or Moore County’s Senator Shane Reeves at 615-741-1066. •

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