A bill prohibiting school lunch shaming practices was defeated last week.
Sen. Troy Heinert, the bill’s prime sponsor, amended the bill to say a district could not require a student to throw a meal after it had been served to them and could not publicly identify a student with a school lunch debt, but could still use other means to collect the lunch fee.
“What it says is a child is served (and) we are not going to take that tray away,” Sen. Heinert said during debate on the Senate floor. “We’re just not going to take food away from our students when it’s already been served.”
Opposition of the bill focused on it potentially impeding on local control.
“Do you want a state law to get involved with the school programs?” Sen. Jim Bolin asked. There’s nothing more local than your school lunch program.”