Should bad students eat lunch last? Here's what happened at the school that tried it

A middle school in Tampa, Florida, gave high-achieving students a spot at the front of the lunch line. Here’s why that sparked debate.


At Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Tampa, Florida, students know what’s at stake based on their academic performance and conduct in the classroom: incentive cards that give them a better spot in the lunch line.

However, pressure from parents has forced administrators to drop the incentive.

Mom Sonya Brown said the system shames students and labels them, prompting her to start a petition to abandon it, Ken Suarez wrote for Fox 13 Tampa Bay.

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