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Childish Behavior

Whatever the subject these days, whenever it comes to doing what’s best for our kids, we can generally count on the adults in the room to behave worse than the children. Case in point comes this week from Rhode Island, where the Providence Journal reports that schools in the town of Warwick are opting to serve some students a cold sandwich for lunch while their classmates get a full menu of hot choices. The reason? Those kids’ parents have not paid up the tab for their lunches, sticking the district with a $40,000 unpaid tab. Shame on them. But one has to ask, is sticking it to the kids – the only actual blameless party here – the grown-up solution? At least some lawmakers think not. Under legislation pending in the statehouse, all kids would get the same lunch, regardless of the bad behavior of their parents or educators.