Lawmaker Proposes Cutting School Lunches From Schools With Literacy Deficits
In Arkansas, state lawmaker Rep. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) has introduced a bill that would reduce student lunch funding for schools that fail to improve their reading proficiency rates, according to Oklahoma’s News 4.
In a public statement, Clark compared his proposed legislation to business incentives. Clark’s bill would require a school district to have a .0001 rate increase in reading proficiency every two years. Clarke claimed that, “In most businesses I would be laughed at for suggesting such a small goal.”
The proposed bill has caused a great backlash both on social media and among Arkansas parents.
In interviews, parents have told the media that threatening to cut school lunches seems counterproductive when it comes to improving school reading scores.