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Old 10-22-2019, 03:42 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Get rid of lunch debt, Elizabeth Warren says, pointing to N.J. district’s ‘cruel’ policy

I personally think the school food should just become free since our taxes are so high. School lunch cost me about $200/month for my kids and we always pay on-time. In order to qualify for free lunch your household has to make below $28k annually.

The main problem I see with NJ is that too many families don't pay and run up their debts and some never bring school supplies. I estimated I spent about $300 on school supplies last month. My son tells me that some kids in his class never bring in supplies and always have no pen or notebook and the teacher just keeps a supply of some supplies for these kids. And they always seem to be of certain demographics.

Now, if you go to the parking lot to pickup my kids. Many of these kids' parents are driving late model cars. So how is it these parents can't afford lunch and school supplies but they can afford their cars and iPhones?

I can understand you need a car in NJ but there's no life requirement that you must have an iPhone.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:32 PM
 
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They shouldn't just punish the students, they should punish the parents. Maybe if their kids rack up lunch debt the parents could be sentenced to a term of community service washing the school dishes.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:40 PM
 
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I don’t think a kid should be denied lunch. If the parents don’t pay, it should be treated like any other kind of unpaid debt. Multiple letters requesting payment, if not paid eventually send it to a debt collector
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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They shouldn't just punish the students, they should punish the parents. Maybe if their kids rack up lunch debt the parents could be sentenced to a term of community service washing the school dishes.
Your school cafeteria had dishes?!?! White privilege is real, y’all.
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don’t think a kid should be denied lunch. If the parents don’t pay, it should be treated like any other kind of unpaid debt. Multiple letters requesting payment, if not paid eventually send it to a debt collector
This is Jersey. You don't pay your school lunch debt, Mario and Vito come to pay a call!
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Old 10-22-2019, 10:29 PM
 
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Your school cafeteria had dishes?!?! White privilege is real, y’all.
They were white dishes too!
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:19 AM
 
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I remember in highschool I didnt qualify for free lunch. I didnt want the burden on my mom though. I had a job, babysat, mowed yards so I had money and really didnt mind though. School lunch shouldnt be paid by the taxpayer and could be a life lesson on kids.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:49 AM
 
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NY's school lunches are free for kids.. they offered free universal Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4..now free public colleges.. Why is NJ so different and poor, no wonder they call NJ, the junk yard, and no, don't tell me to move, I am not... yet.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:36 AM
 
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NY's school lunches are free for kids.. they offered free universal Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4..now free public colleges..
Now?
My mother graduated from Hunter College--a unit of The City University of NY--in the early '30s, and she paid not one penny for tuition or books.

The only fees that she ever paid to the school were for her diploma (a huge genuine sheepskin, no less), and for a graduation ring. Because colleges can verify one's graduation to prospective employers, one can succeed in life without the actual diploma, and a ring is not a necessity for anyone who is truly cash-strapped.

I can't tell you exactly when NYC began its policy of tuition-free public colleges, but that policy was definitely in place when she graduated from high school in the late '20s.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:40 AM
 
Location: NYC
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NY's school lunches are free for kids.. they offered free universal Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4..now free public colleges.. Why is NJ so different and poor, no wonder they call NJ, the junk yard, and no, don't tell me to move, I am not... yet.
That's because NYC has one board of ed and one police dept and most services shared. NJ is like Long Island, where all the services are divided.

Now I prefer NJ share more services because taxes are too high and services aren't getting better. The only way to reduce cost is to consolidate.

NYC's free lunch is not new, they've had it for a long time just had income limits. Free college is also not new, since if you come from low income you can go to CUNY for free.
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