District’s move to get out of debt

District’s move to get out of debt

After racking up $300,000 in unpaid meal accounts, Columbus City Schools went on the Community Eligibility Provision and got back in the black.

As districts sign on for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), tales of drastic increases in participation quickly follow. CEP allows districts to serve all students, regardless of payment status, free school meals. Schools must have 40 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals to qualify for CEP.

For one district, CEP did much more than just boost participation—it got the district out of hundreds of thousands of unpaid meal charges.


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