A new state law attempts to end “lunch shaming” in Illinois schools. State Senator Steve Stadelman sponsored the measure, saying every student that asks for a lunch at school should get one.
The law requires schools to give kids that can’t pay a lunch without making a big deal out of it. Administrators can then contact the parents and work out a payment plan or direct them to apply for free or reduced lunches. If the debt reaches 500 dollar or more, schools can ask the state to take the money out of the family’s tax refund.