Lack of respect for tax payer money.I don't even allow my own
children to throw food away.
@Steven,YOu couldn't be more wrong. Its always the parents
responsibility to make sure their kid is eating. Its the parents responsibility
to request and fill out any reduced price paperwork they need to. Its always the parents responsibility to ensure there is enough money to pay
for their kids lunch or for proper communication with the school if there are
other arrangements such as reduced price or free.Always the parents
responibilty to feed their kids.
It isn't always the parents fault for not knowing the balance was overdue.
I taught at a school in Tucson where overdue lunch notices went out
for the first time during the school year in mid May. I had to tell a little
girl to not panic at the $70 lunch bill, and to just ask her parent to pay
whatever she could pay even if it was only $10. The fault in that case lied
squarely on the shoulders of the principal who failed to send out the proper
paperwork for free and reduced lunch and for never delegating responsibility.
To her defense her husband passed away mid year after a long fight with cancer
and she had to deal with the murder/suicide of a faculty member as well as a
number of other valid reasons things didn't get done. In the end the
school PTA covered the 10K shortfall.Frankly, with what has been
reported the problem stemmed from poor communication from the school and a new
system was being used. Can't blame the parents for either of those
The REAL guilty ones are the parents. Next in line are the bureaucrats in the
district offices. The poor employees were made the scapegoats in typical
governmental fashion of seeking first to find someone ELSE to blame and then,
sometimes, trying to fix the problem.Huge Kudos go to a Jazz player and
his efforts to reach out to the victims (the children).I am sure this is
not the only school to have treated the children poorly.
Well, at least the scapegoats can now return to work. I wonder if those who are
truly responsible will ever face any public scorn. I doubt it.
Where is the outrage towards the parents? THEY are the ones responsible for
feeding their children, NOT the school. The school is involved in the process
but that doesn't mean the resonsiblity is anywhere but with the PARENTS.I'm sorry, "I forgot their balance was low" is not a good
excuse. It's your child. Feed him/her.My suggestion is
schools start assessing fines to parents for going in the negative for lunch
money. The system can't be built on "pay if you want but
no big deal if you don't pay" Start fining the parents.
For every dollar they go in the negative, have pay back twice that amount.