La legislators support ban on lunchroom penalties

La legislators support ban on lunchroom penalties
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

Louisiana - (AP) House lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to bar Louisiana's public schools from penalizing students because they have unpaid lunch debts.

Representative Patricia Smith, sponsor of the proposal, says schools have kept students from attending pizza parties and kicked students out of lunch lines because parents owed money.

Organizations representing school boards, principals and superintendents oppose the measure, concerned that fewer parents will pay lunch bills if it passes.

The measure heads to the Senate.