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Politics and Princesses- Please Let House Bill 610 Be a Joke

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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51 thoughts on “Politics and Princesses- Please Let House Bill 610 Be a Joke

  1. Another really intersting post I learn so much about your country thanks for sharing Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  2. I just do not understand how bills like this could possibly get passed. It is paramount that children have healthy brain food at school otherwise nothing goes in! How many people could admit that if they didn’t have lunch then they are just as proactive as if they had eaten a lovely healthy lunch. None. I hope this doesn’t go ahead because there are a lot of children that rely on those meals and unfortunately a lot of children it could be the only meal they could have each day. #thatfridaylinky

  3. You’re right, Whitney IS rolling over in her grave! And a lot of us who have spent our lives in education are appalled and in disbelief at the anti-education sentiment that has gained ground and found allies within the current administration (and believe me, it’s not any better in some places at the state level!). Thanks so much for this post.

  4. Very thought-provoking article – it’s very difficult to understand why such a key nutritional support framework is being removed, very worrying times! #GlobalBlogging

  5. So many kids need this food program at school and I canNOT understand anyone who thinks this bill is a good idea. Let’s not be a selfish generation. Children are the future and if they aren’t going to be getting the love and care they need right now, we’ll pay the price when we are old and helpless. In fact, I already feel helpless in the face of American politics. I vote, but so many changes I don’t like keep happening. Thanks for this well-written post. I love your passion and energy behind it! #globalblogging

  6. I love how passionate you are about such important issues. I have very serious political views but I tend to keep them off my blog. Although meet me in person and I’m all mouth! lol
    #globalblogging

  7. This is very, very sad and terrifying this bill. The struggle for education and school meals is an ongoing battle, but anyone who has Google can see that a well fed child is a child who has more focus and potential to think and learn.

  8. At the moment school meals for reception to year 2 (5-8 years) are free in England but you have to meet certain criteria for free meals for older children, I personally think they should all have access to a healthy meal as it is so important to their learning! #globalblogging

  9. There are a lot of scary and narrow-minded bills getting put forward by governments all over the Western world at the moment. I hope we see some better people coming to the forefront of politics to make our children’s futures better. #globalblogging

  10. Wow. It’s scary how bills like this are even suggested, never mind passed. It’s politicians making rulings instead of the people on the ground who can more acurately predict the impact. Thank you for raising awareness again, and for standing up for those people who rely on this #blogcrush

  11. Every single day in our country is significantly more terrifying than the previous day. We have got to find a way to stop the madness. Devos is not qualified to babysit a banana, much less handle the school system. We gotta keep writing, keep fighting. Great piece. #bigpinklink xoxo

  12. I read about this. I was not too pleased either especially at the fact that it will cut free and reduced lunch. Have you heard of the lunch workers getting fired etc for still feeding those children who don’t have their money. Too much food wasted and the mo,ey is going where? Tsk Tsk. Our government needs to do better.

  13. Wow. I am scared for the future. What a stupid thing to cut – but it’s fitting with the rest of the wonderful decisions the government is making, isn’t it? I’m so sad that this is what the American people elected. Good for you for speaking out and educating those of us who aren’t in the USA on what’s going on.
    ~Jess
    #GlobalBlogging

  14. This is the first time I have heard of this and I don’t know anything about it other than what you’ve said here. But I have seen documentaries about the US school system and, in particular, the dependence on schools to feed children. All I can say is that I really hope that the bill doesn’t get passed. #GlobalBlogging

  15. Thanks for shedding light on a very prevalent issue. It is always surprising to me how hard it is to get people to advocate for making sure that our children are getting the healthy foods that they need and deserve.

    #globalblogging

  16. Coming from the UK, I don’t really know enough about this, but I don’t like the idea of no free school meals for all of the reasons you’ve stated. We here seem to be moving the opposite way, which I think is a good thing if we can fund it. Thanks so much for linking this up to #DreamTeam.

  17. What is more important than making sure all children are fed properly and every child has a right to that? You keep me informed of what is going on in your country and I wish for you guys, it was more promising and positive. #globalblogging

  18. I don’t always steer my car in the politics lane but it’s been hard not to recently. Sigh. I have teacher friends along with some family members that have been frustrated. They have the hardest jobs, get paid crap, supplement with their own money to make sure the kids are learning with tools in their classrooms…sigh. I had just read an article about 2 teachers who kept a locker full of food items for students that needed them. They see the value in supporting the future. Eh, seriously…I’m with you. Great post. Thanks for letting me air my thoughts. #BigPinkLink

  19. It’s really interesting hearing about your countries continuing upheaval. Don’t they realise that children are the leaders of the future and to invest in them is to invest in the country? A great insightful article #GlobalBlogging

  20. That’s crazy. Why why why. Healthy eating is sooooo important. I’m sorry to hear what is happening in your land. I just don’t understand why you would take away such a good thing, surely it will only create more problems? Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost

  21. What? Unbelievable. It is very sad to read about what’s happening in that beautiful country of yours. It’s like watching an impending train wreck. Let’s hope enough people make enough of noise to change the course of that train journey and avoid a disaster. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

  22. It is so sad to see a country that was once a country I would have loved to live in become something I worry for those who were born there.
    Im amazed at how far Trump is being allowed to go! #sundaybest

  23. What a ridiculous thing to do! Its like punishing the kids because the parents don’t work – whatever the circumstances of that, its never the kid’s fault. Why should they have to suffer?
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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