THIS PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL IS CRACKING DOWN ON PARENTS
When officials there noticed that families in the Wyoming Valley West School District, owed the district around $22,000 in breakfast and lunch debt, they tried to get their money back. Letters were sent to over 1,000 families who were deemed to be the worst offenders in having overdue cafeteria bills — those were children with meal debt of $10 or more and four families who each owe at least $450.The letter threatens to take parents to court if the obligations were not settled, which could result in the child being removed from their home and placed in foster care.
“By mail, email, robocalls, personal calls, and letters,” said Joseph Mazur, the president of the district’s board of education.
But, Mazur said, nothing worked.
“Your child has been sent to school every day without money and without a breakfast and/or lunch,” said the letter signed by Joseph Muth, director of federal programs for the Wyoming Valley West School District. “This is a failure to provide your child with proper nutrition and you can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food. If you are taken to Dependency court, the result may be your child being removed from your home and placed in foster care.”
According to the states per-pupil spending, Wyoming Valley West School District is one of the poorest districts in the state.