Read This: Why Teachers Are Battling Free Classroom Breakfast

Breakfast in class (via TakePart)

“Ending the breakfast program in Los Angeles could cause thousands of kids to start the school day hungry,” begins this recent TakePart story by Vanessa Romo.  “So why are teachers against it?

The piece describes the classroom breakfast program that’s supposed to take the first 15 minutes of school, highlights the other districts around the country — Baltimore, Houston, Chicago, San Diego—that are doing the same thing, and the controversy that’s erupted among some teachers over the loss of instructional time and the mess the breakfasts have created by being offered in class instead of in the lunchroom. Improvements in nutritional quality and cleanliness are in the works, according to the story — including the elimination of Cereal Day.

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  • Robert D. Skeels

    Such wonderfully slanted, biased, and one sided “reporting.” Not a word that the program is opposed by many families and community members because it consistently serves spoiled, moldy, and expired food? No mention that even the food that hasn’t gone bad tends to be heavily processed, HFC laden, high-calorie, high-sodium stuff that the program’s advocates like Nicola Edwards would never serve to their own children?

    Instead, Ms. Romo uses reductionist logic to attack the hard working women and men who teach in our schools. While BIC is a convenient tax shelter for corporations able to dump their expiring stock on hapless schoolchildren, it’s clearly not beneficial to students who would be better served by getting freshly prepared foods in the cafeteria. It’s shamefully that those supporting BIC don’t address the unwholesomeness of serving expired food to children. The kids know better though, I get a dozen photos a week from parent volunteers demonstrating that an average of 80-90% of the “food” LA Fund, Garcia, and Deasy serve to these kids ends up in the trash. Tragic.

    Sadly the unsanitary conditions that attract vermin only get passing mention in these puff pieces that are little more than PR for the LA Fund and its reactionary backers. Real reporting would require actually looking into the conditions that BIC creates, and the horrible quality of the “food” served. Moreover, given the high stakes of all the tests LAUSD subjects students to, it’s dismaying that hundreds of hours of instructional time lost is treated as a “teacher” only issue.