By Kyle Olson, Education Action Group -
MONTICELLO – Apparently the federal government’s response to the outcry over the Michelle Obama-inspired National School Lunch Program overhaul are not enough to satisfy some school officials.
Vic Zimmerman, superintendent of Monticello Community Unit School District #25 in Illinois told The News-Gazette his district could net some $55,000 more if the district drops out of the federal program and no longer receives federal meal subsidies.
He also told the newspaper the new rules could “devastate current high school lunches.”
“This (national school lunch guidelines) is a good plan, but at the end of the day kids aren’t eating it,” Kari Perkins, food services director for the district’s contractor, Aramark, told the paper. “I know the food is better for the kids — I get it — but the taste is going out the door.”
“It’s not like we’re throwing out all the healthy stuff. There will still be salads, still be wraps, still be opportunities,” Zimmerman said.
After the initial outcry over the new lunch menu from students, parents and school employees throughout the nation, the feds pledged to ease the nutritional restrictions.
“After hearing from educators, parents, and student … I stepped in to help school districts who were frustrated with the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program’s strict new rules,” U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said in a press release.
Apparently those tweaks weren’t enough for some districts like Monticello.
Meanwhile, as Michelle Obama’s menu mandates are still wreaking havoc on students’ stomachs and school budgets, she is now setting her sights on food advertising in schools.
“The White House and the Agriculture Department on Tuesday proposed marketing regulations that would ban in-school advertising for foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and do not meet new federal nutrition rules for foods served in the country’s 100,000 public schools,” the Washington Post reported.
“Because when parents are working hard to teach their kids healthy habits at home, their work shouldn’t be undone by unhealthy messages at school,” the First Lady said at the White House announcement.
If Mrs. Obama really believes parents are teaching their children healthy eating habits, isn’t that enough? Can’t we trust mothers and fathers to properly manage their children’s diets? Or do we need Mother Government issuing edicts from Washington to communities like Monticello?
What ever happened to local control of schools? This is further proof that the controllists in Washington think they know more than the rubes in the hinterlands of America.