Officials At Odds Over School Meals Program

May 2, 2014

Credit Office of the Governor

  Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say there's uncertainty about schools' continued eligibility for a federal program that provides free meals for low-income students.

However, state officials in Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration say they don't believe eligible children will go without the free breakfasts and lunches next school year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Democratic delegation members contend in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the uncertainty is a result of flaws in state-generated data on eligibility documentation.

The Democrats' letter asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to intercede.

Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar of the state Department of Public Education says the state has improved its paperwork process, and he says there shouldn't' be any major problem.

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