RE­VENGE OF THE GRILLED CHEESE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“We must ad­dress the vis­i­ble re­al­i­ties of com­ply­ing with school nu­tri­tion re­quire­ments,” says Na­tional School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Thomas J. Gentzel, who has re­leased a damn­ing new survey that finds eight out of 10 Amer­i­can schools now re­port­ing in­creased food waste, and in­creased costs in an age when grilled cheese sand­wiches and choco­late milk are frowned upon.

“Our poll shows that school lead­ers are in fa­vor of good nu­tri­tion for chil­dren but con­cerned with the un­in­tended con­se­quences of the cur­rent fed­eral reg­u­la­tions. Trays of un­eaten cafe­te­ria food thrown in the trash, hun­gry kids, and strug­gling school food­ser­vice pro­grams are the prac­ti­cal re­al­i­ties many school dis­tricts and stu­dents face,” Mr. Gentzel ex­plains. “Overly rigid and un­re­al­is­tic fed­eral man­dates un­der­mine the abil­ity of school dis­tricts to do what the law in­tends: pre­pare

In­de­pen­dent Se­nate can­di­date Greg Or­man is giv­ing Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Repub­li­can, a run for his money, but tea party ac­tivists say Mr. Or­man is “in­de­pen­dent” in name only and the Mr. Roberts is the con­ser­va­tive choice.

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