http://townhall.com/columnists/MarybethHicks/2010/11/10/school_lunch_mon... School Lunch Money a Test?
...in Louisiana, a new statute that took effect last week now requires schools to provide a lunch or snack to children whose parents fall three days behind in lunch payments, and further requires school officials to notify the state's Department of Family and Children Services that parents are in arrears for lunch money.
The premise? Parents who habitually don't pay for their children's school lunches are potentially neglectful in other ways. They may be alcoholics or drug addicts. They may be abusing their children at home. You never know.
Falling at least three days behind in lunch payments is just the excuse the state needs to investigate...
...it's not about the money. It's about getting into people's homes and evaluating their parenting skills, and then imposing government control on parents and their children...
Reporting parents to the government for possibly neglecting their children is a serious and extreme step, and not one that ought to be triggered by delinquent lunch money.
Because the next step will be to open those brown paper sacks some of us are sending from home to decide, based on what's in them, who else ought to get a call from the government.
What do you think- is this statute the first step on a slippery slope? Are there better solutions than this?