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46 schools in Minnesota have policies to deny lunch to students without money in lunch account

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  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton says the state should provide additional funding to ensure all Minnesota schoolchildren have access to lunch after a report found some districts deny it.
   Dayton says Tuesday that no Minnesota student should be blocked from having a healthy lunch. A report released a day earlier by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid found 46 school districts have policies denying lunch to students who don't have sufficient funds to pay for meals.
   The report found in some districts, lunchroom workers threw meals in the trash if students couldn't pay.
   Dayton says he will propose spending $3.5 million to help districts cover lunch costs for students who can't pay. In addition, his education commissioner has urged districts to take steps necessary in order to make sure all students receive a lunch.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new survey shows a majority of school districts in Minnesota deny hot lunch, and sometimes any lunch, to children who can't pay for it.
   The report comes after a school in Utah drew criticism for throwing lunches in the trash if students couldn't pay.
   The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1iVLCkC ) that Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is calling the report "troubling." She's urging schools to make sure kids are never turned away from a hot meal.
   About 62,000 low-income children and teens are in Minnesota's reduced-price lunch program. That means they can get a hot, nutritious lunch for 40 cents, with the rest covered by public funds. But if students don't have 40 cents, some schools deny or downgrade lunches.
   Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid polled 309 school districts for the survey.


 
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