Updated Wed, Mar 27, 2013 1:46 pm
The West Virginia Senate introduced an ambitious plan to give free school breakfasts and lunches to every child in the state, from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The bill announced Wednesday would fund the expanded lunch programs through private donations and grants. The Department of Education and every county board of education would establish nonprofit funds to collect contributions. Language in the bill stipulates that every dollar in contributions must be used to buy food and cannot be used for administrative purposes.
The bill also requires all schools to adopt better systems for providing breakfast. Often in the rush and chaos of the morning, students don't have time to eat school-provided breakfast before class starts. The bill recommends allowing students to eat breakfast in the classroom or after first period.