STUDENT MEAL DEBT POLICY.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 487 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT A POLICY TO ENSURE THE UNIFORM ADMINISTRATION OF UNPAID MEAL CHARGES AND TO PROVIDE SCHOOL LUNCHES AT NO COST FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO QUALIFY FOR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS AT SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM.
Intro. by B. Jackson.

Status: Re-ref Com On Appropriations/Base Budget (Senate action) (May 6 2019)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT A POLICY TO ENSURE THE UNIFORM ADMINISTRATION OF UNPAID MEAL CHARGES.

S 487

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 6 2019 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Adds an appropriation of $3 million in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for 2019-20 for providing free school lunches to students of all grade levels qualifying for reduced-price meals in all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Provides that if these fund are insufficient, DPI must also use any excess funds appropriated for the National School Breakfast Program for these purposes. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Apr 2 2019 - More information

    Enacts GS 115C-12(47) to direct the State Board of Education to adopt a policy to ensure the uniform administration of unpaid meal charges in local school administrative units, including, at a minimum, a guarantee that students are not prevented from receiving nutritious meals because of an unpaid meal charge. Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year. 


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