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New Jersey school district rejects businessman's offer to pay school lunch debt so students can attend prom


There's no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes, and a school district in Cherry Hill, NJ is taking that adage quite literally. Their revised policy on lunch debt, which was approved unanimously earlier this month, ties outstanding balances on meals to an existing policy on outstanding library books and other school property. This would bar students owing debts of $75 or more from attending extracurricular events like prom or from purchasing yearbooks.

But it became clear the policy was not about deficits so much as penalizing students when the school district rejected an offer by a local businessman to bring students' accounts into the black.