Face Palm: Please Let House Bill 610 Be A Joke
I cannot pretend that I didn’t see this coming when the ill-equipped Betsy Devos ascended her educational throne. It was only a matter of time before House Bill 610 came down the pipes wreaking havoc on the American Education System, and yes, that is exactly what it will do for many people. For those of you who are not familiar with this gem of a bill, let me introduce you to more stupid. House Bill 610 was introduced by Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa and aims to reshape the American Education System in very dramatic ways, including, but not limited to, creating federally backed vouchers for American students to use for homeschooling or private schooling purposes. Vouchers aside, the Bill also aims to dismantle nutritional standards for national school lunches and breakfasts. If you don’t think that is a big deal, you might ask some of the nearly 50% of American students and their parents who rely on free and reduced public school meals how they feel about this?
This bill will do away with The No Hungry Kids Rule, which establishes certain regulations for national school meal programs. Proponents of the bill claim that the current nutritional standards are restricting American children from getting the calories that they need; in short, forcing kids to diet during school hours. Ummmm…. no. The current set of regulations in no way limits caloric intake of healthy foods. In fact, it ensures that many children get the necessary nutrients at school, and for millions of kids, school is the only place they see broccoli, milk, and oranges. If you pack your little guy a sack lunch filled with organic goodness, then that is super. Bravo! If you’re a single parent struggling to raise your kids and keep any food on the table, then you are about screwed if this bill sails through. No longer will you be able to ensure that whole grains, fruits, veggies, and dairy will make it to your little one’s plate between the hours of 8 to 5. No big deal, I guess. Small potatoes, I suppose, considering that only 32 MILLION American children participate in school meals. Yes, I am being snarky here because I firmly believe that providing children with education and nutrients are important as all hell. Does this affect me directly? No. My kids fall well out of the free and reduced range, but since when did we stop caring for the greater good of the American people, the American future? Whitney Houston is rolling over in her grave right now. I know you believed the children are the future Whitney. The problem is not everyone else does.
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