Friday, December 3, 2010

SFGate: School lunch program likely to be overhauled

This from SFGate:

The biggest overhaul of the national school lunch program and other federal food programs in 30 years is expected to pass the House today, following a rare unanimous Senate vote earlier this year. It would enact a key plank of first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign.

Championed by Bay Area Democratic Reps. George Miller of Martinez and Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma, as well as a coalition of celebrity chefs appalled by the poor quality of school lunches, the $4.5 billion, 10-year legislation would increase nutritional standards in all federal food programs and eliminate junk food and soda from school campuses nationwide, following California's lead over the past decade.

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  1. If you want to lower calories, particularly among those with the worst diets, just end unemployment insurance. Just say no to food!

  2. Or perhaps the public schools can just serve up the poor kids as lunch for the rich? That's the direction we're headed anyway...

  3. This whole idea that the poor kids are getting screwed by the system is so much hogwash. Massive amounts of ed dollars are poured into underperforming schools. Ask any principal and compare the resources that some schools have versus others. Alamo has no assistant principal, no IRF, no counselor, no community based support staff... nothing. Compare that with the so-called poor schools' small class sizes, multiple counselors and coaches and IRFs and on and on and on. The flexibility of categorical money has been one giant excuse for central office decisionmakers to strip high performing schools of funding. Gate support has been eviscerated. It is all based on the idea that if we just had nmore money to tackle the achievement gap it would go away. It's nonsense and a devil's bargain.