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NASBE Webinar Invitation: Changes Coming to School Meals, What Policymakers Need to Know

Monday, March 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About Changes Coming to School Meals

Just a few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a program that gives all students, regardless of income, free school meals. The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, and starting with the 2014-15 school year, all states will need to comply.

But, implementation comes with some challenges for states. Participating schools are not required to collect data on students who would traditionally qualify to receive free-and reduced-price lunches. This impacts other programs that use this data, such as the federal Title I and e-Rate programs. The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance to help states understand how to distribute Title I funding in the absence of free- and reduced-price lunch data. But, what do state policymakers—and state board members —really need to know?

Join NASBE on April 9,2014, from 3:00-4:00 PM (EST)for a webinar discussion about the changes ahead in the community eligibility provision, and how state policymakers should prepare. Presenters include:

Madeleine Levin, Food Research and Action Center
Zoe Neuberger, Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities
Wayne Riddle, Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities
Keri Kennedy, West Virginia Department of Education
Whitney Meagher,Project Director, NASBE'sCenter for Safe and Healthy Schools(as moderator)

Register for"Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About Changes Coming to School Meals.

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