From the National Journal: “The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales: States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.”
Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back.
Specifically, they’re fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.
Twelve states have established their own policies to circumvent regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that apply to “competitive snacks,” or any foods and beverages sold to students on school grounds that are not part of the Agriculture Department’s school meal programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Education. Competitive snacks appear in vending machines, school stores, and food and beverages, including items sold at bake sales.
Georgia is the latest state to announce an exemption to the federal regulations, which became effective July 1 for thousands of public schools across the country. Its rule would allow 30 food-related fundraising days per school year that wouldn’t meet the new healthy nutritional standards, which call for more healthy options and less junk food that could contribute to the nation’s child-obesity problem.
The pushback is not about students’ taste buds, but their wallets. Food fundraisers are a crucial source of revenue for schools, state education officials say. “Tough economic times have translated into fewer resources and these fundraisers allow our schools to raise a considerable amount of money for very worthwhile education programs,” the Georgia Department of Education wrote in a recent press release. “While we are concerned about the obesity epidemic, limiting food-and-beverage fundraisers at schools and school-related events is not the solution to solving it.”
The statement called the federal guidelines on fundraisers “an absolute overreach of the federal government.”
Hey, here’s a novel idea: Stop sending any education money to DC, cease receiving any funds from the Feds for education, and tell them to go pound sand. Or maybe even eat sand!
Even Grumpy Cat knows the answer:
Look the DC bureaucrats in the eye, and say “No. Just no!” What are they gonna do, arrest the local principals and teachers? Really? I’d love to see them try it in my community.
When there’s a bully, you band together and kick him in the shins. Or even a more sensitive area. C’mon America! Stand up and act like you have a spine!