CCSA Moves to Position of Support for AB 1871 (Bonta) Ensuring All Students Most in Need Have Access to School Meals

May 25, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

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CCSA Moves to Position of Support for AB 1871 (Bonta) Ensuring All Students Most in Need Have Access to School Meals

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is proud to announce our support for AB 1871 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, based on amendments agreed to between CCSA, the author, and its sponsors. This is the second successful common-sense compromise CCSA reached working collaboratively with Assemblymember Bonta's office in this legislative session to give all students fair and equitable access to, and treatment in, public schools across the state.

"We appreciate Assemblymember Bonta's willingness to compromise on practical solutions to ensure our most vulnerable students have access to school meals," said Carlos Marquez, SVP, Government Affairs, CCSA. "This bill encourages the type of district and charter public school collaboration our movement was built on. Our members are looking forward to working with districts to overcome their challenges and implement these programs to better serve kids."

Charter public schools have long recognized the very critical linkage between nutrition and learning, illustrated by the fact that the vast majority of charter schools already provide meals to their students. However, a small minority - less than 5 percent - of charters schools across the state face unique challenges in providing school meals including lack of access to quality facilities, food service vendors, or the technical expertise required to navigate complicated local and federal food service requirements.

AB 1871 would require all classroom-based charter public school programs to provide at least one meal a day to free or reduced-price meal eligible students. The latest amendments to AB 1871 give charter schools ample time to properly implement these meal programs and emphasize the need for school districts to cooperate with charter schools and provide technical assistance to ensure the meal program's success. The bill now moves to the Assembly floor for a vote.