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Trump’s USDA Rolls Back School Lunch Guidelines Championed by Michelle Obama

The nutrition rules were long abhorred by industry groups who now have a friend in the White House

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 5-1-2017

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, joined by Sen. Pat Roberts (left) & Tom Marshall, Loudoun County School Board, signs a proclamation.. Photo: USDA

In one of his first orders of business, President Donald Trump’s newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue took steps to weaken school lunch standards championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

In an interim final rule, announced by Perdue while he visited an elementary school in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Leesburg, Virginia on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling back nutrition rules that were part of Obama’s Let’s Move campaign that was abhorred by food industry groups. Continue reading

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School Teaches Kids How to Bully

By U.S. Department of Agriculture (Girls Smiling) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Department of Agriculture (Girls Smiling) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Salt Lake City Elementary School District in Utah has reached a new level in their curriculum. They have added teaching approximately 40 children how to be a bully by setting an example, and are now on track for a highly developed and successful “Future Activists of America” (FAA) program.

According to CBS News, after acknowledging a failure in the school’s notification system to let parents know balances of the school lunch program’s students were low, the school made the decision at Tuesday’s lunch line to teach these kids a very important lesson. As the kids moved to the end of the line with their food, staff took the lunches and threw them in the garbage in front of the students. Kids said they felt the staff was angry at them, and for reasons they were not aware of or able to understand.

What is easy to understand is that children can not be treated with discriminatory behavior by adults that are supposed to be in charge of their education and well being. To do so in front of other children is even more reprehensible, as it sends the message that there is something so inherently wrong with these particular children that they do not deserve to eat lunch. Kids don’t understand clerical errors and computer glitches, nor should they become victims when a school fails to establish adequate billing or communication systems.

Bully for you, Salt Lake City Elementary School. Let’s hope your program isn’t force-fed to other schools across America.

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