Pa School District Threatens Foster Care for Kids With Overdue Lunch Bills


A Pennsylvania school district sent a letter to parents with unpaid lunch bills falsely claiming that their children could be taken away if the balance wasn't paid. "You can be sent to dependency court for neglecting your child's right to food," said the letter, which was sent to roughly 1,000 parents in Wyoming Valley West School District. "The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care." The missive naturally caused an uproar, with the county's manager and child welfare agency director clarifying that the district is spreading falsehoods and not accurately portraying how the Children and Youth Services Department works. Still, the district--which says it's owed more than $20,000, but will receive funding to provide free lunches to all students next year--plans to send a follow-up letter that the Associated Press says is "less threatening." 


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