School lunch special: Chicken a la... foam?
January 25, 2011
- KidsOhio just released a study timed perfectly for National
School Choice Week, which polled parents in Columbus’s Weinland Park (where
Fordham-sponsored Columbus Collegiate Academy is making gains) who sent their
kids to district schools other than the ones assigned to them. Results show
that parents were motivated by academic performance more so than reasons like
- ‘Tis the season to be releasing policy platforms and words of
advice to ed reformers. The latest comes from Education First Consulting, with Education
Policy Advising: How to set your Governor—and Yourself—up for Success,
Beginning on Day 1. Also check out
Policy Imperatives (advice for the state), and Michelle Rhee’s (studentsfirst.org) policy priorities
if you haven’t already.
results for grades 4, 8, and 12 on the
National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) are out, and like NAEP’s math
and reading counterpart results, it’s not looking so hot. While Ohio scores
higher than the national average in grades 4 and 8, proficiency rates are still
frighteningly low (we’re talking horror movie science experiment gone awry) –
41 percent for fourth graders and 37 percent for eighth graders.
in your child’s school lunch? “Bagel dogs” and “chicken foam”, according to
Mrs. Q, an anonymous teacher who ate 162 $3 school lunches and wrote about them
on her blog, Fed Up With Lunch. CNN recently ran a story about the blog, on
which Mrs. Q laments that students who qualify for reduced lunches have only limited
and unhealthy lunch options like pizza and fries, although she notes that her
district has improved the quality of its lunches in the last year.