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Englewood BOE Threatens CPS Reports If Lunch Bills Aren't Paid

If parents don't pay school-lunch bills, the Englewood BOE plans to involve CPS.
If parents don't pay school-lunch bills, the Englewood BOE plans to involve CPS. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture Flickr

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- The Englewood Board of Education has adopted an usual method of collecting unpaid student-lunch bills: reporting the parents to Child Protective Services, NorthJersey.com has reported.

The bills for unpaid lunches totaled $100,000 last year, according to NorthJersey.com.

But Ernest Landante, a spokesman for the state Department of Children and Families, told NorthJersey.com characterized such a plan as irresponsible. "A parent's failure or inability to satisfy his or her debts to a school lunch program is not a form of abuse or neglect," he said.

Read the full NorthJersey.com story here.

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