The advocacy organization Padres & Jovenes Unidos said this change to the legislation could end free breakfast for more than 16,000 students who currently receive it.
By Elizabeth Hernandez and Joey Bunch
The Denver Post
POSTED: 05/04/2016 04:54:18 PM MDT139 COMMENTS
UPDATED: 05/04/2016 05:59:37 PM MDT
A bill that could limit the number of low-income Colorado students who receive a free breakfast at school passed the House Education Committee Wednesday.
The bipartisan bill House Bill 1463 focuses on the Breakfast after the Bell program — implemented by the House in 2013 — which offers breakfast to all students after the school day begins for schools with 70 percent or more of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.
The new bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Dominick Moreno D-Commerce City, who also sponsored the original bill, says that public schools with at least 70 percent but less than 80 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch could charge for breakfast after the bell for students who don't qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch.