The State Board of Education adopted emergency rules to allow the Charter School Institute to be a "school food authority," which will allow them to contract with a vendor for food services at any of their charter schools.
Only the CSI can get this authority from the state board according to an Attorney General opinion. Many charter schools in the state are not getting the federal Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) reimbursement because they haven't contracted with their district for food services. Charter schools want the option to contract with an independent vendor and still offer a qualified hot lunch program.
Legislation to make it easier for charter schools to contract with private vendors will be introduced this legislative session.