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Seattle Schools Try To Collect Debt From Unintentional Free Lunch

Ross Reynolds
02/13/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Consumer Groups Skeptical About Mortgage Settlement: Financial analysts say the big banks will feel little pain as a result of the multistate mortgage settlement announced last Thursday. Meanwhile consumer advocates say some homeowners defrauded by banks will receive very little restitution. KUOW's Amy Radil reports.

The Battle Over Charter Schools Wages On: Forty one states allow charter schools, but not Washington. Opponents in the Legislature recently killed a bipartisan proposal to allow a limited number of under-performing schools to convert. But supporters of the idea haven't given up. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

Seattle Schools Try To Collect Debt From Unintentional Free Lunch: Many school districts are switching to electronic payment systems in their cafeterias. Parents can fund their kids' accounts online and even see what their kids are buying for lunch. But kids can also charge food when there's no money in their accounts. Now Seattle Public Schools is trying to collect $12,000 in unpaid lunchroom debt. From KUOW in Seattle, Ann Dornfeld reports.

Secure Communities — Is It Working? Since this summer, federal authorities in Washington state have stepped up efforts to deport serious criminals. It's part of a national program that shares information between local jails and immigration agents. But critics are concerned a lot of non-criminals are getting caught up in the system and swiftly deported. KUOW's Liz Jones has this update on how the program is working so far.

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