The Hidden Cost of Free School Meals

Ditching income paperwork has a downside

California and Maine have garnered glowing press for recently becoming the first two states in the country to provide free school meals to all students, regardless of family income.1 (See, e.g., PBS News Hour, CNN, KQED, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press.)

But amid these headlines, I also spotted a local news article in which Maine’s department o…

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