SB 059 creates the Smart Start nutrition program and fund to pay the costs of eliminating the copayment for those students who currently qualify for reduced-price breakfasts under the school breakfast program. This revised Opportunity Note reflects amendments to the bill.
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HB 06-1270 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. Improved access to public medical benefits means eligible low-income students are more likely to be treated, which in turn boosts their chances for success in school. This is an important step toward closing the state's achievement gap.
SB 07-059 represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. It will make it more affordable for low-income students to participate in the school breakfast program. Research has consistently found that students who participate in the program have more nutritious diets, do better academically and have fewer behavioral problems. Initial data shows that eliminating the co-pay for reduced price breakfasts has proven effective at expanding access to school breakfasts in Washington state.
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