Thursday, August 6, 2020

In the News: "Breakfast After the Bell" signed by Gov Baker

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

A new law will require public schools with large populations of low-income students to provide breakfast after the school day begins in an effort to address childhood hunger and give all students a chance to succeed in school.

The so-called “Breakfast After the Bell” bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The governor also signed a resolve to erect a memorial in the House chamber containing the text of the speech Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on April 22, 1965 to a joint assembly of the House and Senate.

The breakfast bill championed by state Sen. Sal DiDomenico, D-Everett, and others would require schools with 60% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals to offer breakfast after the instructional day begins.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout has disproportionately impacted poorer communities and communities of color – communities that experience the greatest gap between what support is needed and the support they receive. Breakfast After the Bell will break down barriers to accessing food, which perpetuates the achievement gap, and help us move to a more equitable public education system, one in which all students get the nutrition they need to succeed,” said Catherine D’Amato, CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.

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The legislation itself

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