SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 1895

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  FEBRUARY 22, 2018

 

      The Senate Education Committee favorably reports Senate Bill No. 1895.

     This bill requires every school district in which there is at least one school that qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision, but is not implementing it, to report the reasons for nonparticipation in writing to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education.

     The “Community Eligibility Provision” (CEP) is a federally funded reimbursement alternative for eligible, high-poverty local educational agencies and schools participating in both the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  The CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and school districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting individual household applications.