Newly confirmed U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an interim final rule on Monday (May 1) that postpones further sodium reductions in school meals for at least three years, allows schools to serve 1 percent flavored milk, and gives states authority to exempt schools from having to replace all their grain-based products with whole-grain-rich products.
During a visit to a Leesburg, Virginia elementary school to mark School Nutrition Employee Week, Perdue signed a proclamation which he said begins the process of restoring local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk. Perdue claimed the new rule is needed to give schools more flexibility in meeting the strict standards. Some see the measures as an attempt to roll back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama.
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From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Annysa Johnson:
“Gov. Scott Walker has proposed cutting the office’s now-vacant coordinator position and 15-member advisory council as part of his 2017-’19 budget, a move that would save $132,800 over the biennium.
“Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said the agency would continue to seek and disburse federal grants targeting farm-to-school efforts, and that another program manager will help out in the office. AmeriCorps workers also will continue to work on farm-to-school initiatives in some low-income schools, he said. Continue reading Governor’s Budget Eliminates Farm to School Position/Council
On Wednesday (May 18), the U.S. House Committee on Education & the Workforce voted to advance a reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, the federal law governing school meals programs. The version advanced by the House committee rolls back some of the healthy schools meal standards First Lady Michelle Obama has championed. It was approved on a largely partisan 20 to 14 vote (one Republican and all Democrats voting against).
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Gov. Scott Walker signed 30 bills into law this morning in the Capitol. Among those bills were: Continue reading Governor Signs Several School-Related Bills into Law