Brown chooses charter school autonomy over guaranteed lunch for low-income students
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed last weekend legislation proposed by Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Alhambra) that would have required charter schools to provide low-income students free or reduced-price meals, California Watch reports.
"I respect the governor's concern that charter schools thrive, but I believe that it's not necessary to choose between meals for children and good policies for charter schools. We can do both," Eng told California Watch.
Charter schools — which enrolled more than 412,000 students last year — are exempt from a state law requiring public schools to provide low-income students with a meal meeting federal nutrition standards each school day.