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What do unpaid lunch tabs mean for schools?

from The Atlantic

From Feb. 16: Like many parents of school-age children, Frances Frost tries to keep up with the papers sent home in her daughter Natalie's backpack. Sifting through permission slips, picture day fliers, field-trip notices and other forms seems like a daily occurrence, and often somewhere lost in the pile is a reminder to send money to her fifth-grader's school cafeteria. As the mother of four, refilling school lunch accounts is second nature by now, but recently she was caught by surprise. When her youngest went through the cafeteria line to buy lunch, the cafeteria worker told Natalie she didn't have enough money to pay for her food: Her mother had forgotten to make the last deposit. more

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