Deadbeat Parents? Sandwich of Shame for School Kids!

Tired of deadbeat parents not paying for school lunches, the Chula Vista Elementary School District in California uses a highly effective tactic: no pizza or burgers for the kids - instead, they serve up the dreaded cheese sandwich of shame:

The cheese sandwich, they say, has become a badge of shame for the children, who get teased about it by their classmates. One student cried when her macaroni and cheese was replaced with a sandwich. A little girl hid in a restroom to avoid getting one. Many of the sandwiches end up untouched or tossed whole in the garbage. Sometimes kids pound them to pieces. [...]

Districts stress that the alternate meals are a last resort.

They send letters to parents. They hire collection agencies. Some place stickers on children's hands or put rubber bands on their wrists as reminders, said Peterson.

But alternate meals get the best results.

An effective alternate meal has to do two things: meet federal nutritional standards and flunk child taste tests. The cheese sandwich, typically served on untoasted whole wheat bread, apparently qualifies as one perfectly healthy stinker of a meal.


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why should a school waste time, energy and money acting like "collection agencies." take a poor family, take them to court, make them pay costs, and hope for lunch $ - now that really sounds logical? NOT! ya never know what is really behind the story. maybe the kids were provided lunch money? maybe they spent on other things. maybe the school administration needs to butt out! oh, let's just humiliate a kid, try and make him like school now, and force him to control their parents' behaviors. none of it makes it logical sense. just feed the child, stop humiliating the whole family, and deduct it from some overpaid administrator that proposes higher taxes for education.
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The problem with Chula Vista, and much of Southern California, is that they've been absolutely inundated with illegals. My friend, who's an English teacher in the San Diego school system, has told me that she is basically teaching ESL as opposed to writing, literature, spelling, etc.

They are stretched so thin because of "No Child Left Behind". They are trying to get functionally illiterate, Spanish-speaking children to achieve at the level required by NCLB. The class sizes are so huge now that her classroom has been relocated to a trailer with few windows and intermittent air conditioning.

And actually, the expenditures per student vary quite a bit throughout the country. No surprise that the least amount of money spent per student is in the South/Midwest. Look at the difference between Arkansas and Connecticut, for example.
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FTW, I love plain old cheese sandwiches. That and a bag of chips and a soda and you got your $2 lunch.

Deadbeat is the keyword in this article, not poor. Poor have resources, deadbeats are just that.
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