Progressives are applauding what Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman called the state’s “transformational” legislative session, which ended on Tuesday after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party passed nearly every item on its agenda, securing economic justice, reproductive rights, and labor protections for Minnesotans.
With the DFL holding only a narrow majority in the state House and Senate—a six-vote and one-vote margin, respectively—policy researcher Will Stancil said on social media that “the scale of their achievement cannot be overstated.”
“Let this serve as a reminder that poverty is a policy choice,” said one advocate. “In the richest country in the world, it is absolutely inexcusable that millions of our children go to school hungry because they are living in poverty.”
Students hug Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz after he signed a universal free school meal bill into law on March 17, 2023. Photo: Prem/Twitter
Surrounded by students, teachers, and advocates, Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday afternoon signed into law a bill to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all of the state’s roughly 820,000 K-12 pupils regardless of their household income.
The move to make Minnesota the fourth U.S. state to guarantee universal free school meals—joining California, Maine, and Colorado—elicited praise from progressives. Continue reading →
Weeks of economic justice rallies organized by the Enough Is Enough campaign across the United Kingdom over the past six weeks have been building to a National Day of Action, set to take place Saturday in more than four dozen cities and towns as hundreds of thousands of people protest the country’s cost-of-living crisis.
The campaign, whose roots lie in the trade union and tenants’ rights movements, has outlined five specific demands of the U.K. government as renters have seen their average monthly housing costs skyrocket by 11% on average since last year and household energy bills approaching $4,000 (£3,582) per year. Continue reading →
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 →
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.