Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Reason Why People Hate Government

So, everybody qualifies for free lunch at schools?
From jsonline, Milwaukee, WI:
Milwaukee Public Schools will be applying to provide free meals next school year to all of the district's students regardless of their economic standing, spokesman Tony Tagliavia said.
That option was made possible by a provision in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act — called the Community Eligibility Provision — that will begin allowing schools that mostly serve low-income students to participate in the National School Lunch Program without having to fill out applications for each household.
Instead, eligibility is determined by relying on information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
There's a catch, though. The provision is available only to schools that have least 40% of students eligible for the meals, and the federal government is going to reimburse for only 1.6 times a school's percentage. Do a little math, and that means schools with less than 62.5% of their students eligible would have to put up some of their own money for the meals.
Having enough students eligible for the provision may become more widespread, though, as student poverty is on the rise in Wisconsin, and has been for the last decade.  http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/mps-aims-to-get-free-meals-for-all-students-with-help-from-government-b99281207z1-262311151.html
So, apparently, no matter how much money you make, your kid can get free lunch at the MPS schools.
Of course, in Milwaukee, their public schools are so horrible, that if you had any kind of money or had vouchers, you would go to a private school.
As an aside, I am a former MPS teacher, starting in 1997 and found the conditions so horrible, i could not stay there.  The administration allowed physical and verbal abuse of their most vulnerable disabled students.
Kind of like the Clark County School District.

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