The University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab, in their ongoing series on Wisconsin’s demographics, recently released a report looking at the geographic disparities in student poverty, as measured by eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch (FRL).
The report suggests recent increases in student poverty have stabilized on a statewide basis, and while student poverty occurs throughout the state, geography is a strong predictor. Some key takeaways: Continue reading UW report examines trends in student poverty, eligibility for FRL
From the DPI: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service updated the income eligibility guidelines for meals served at schools and day care programs based on federal poverty levels.
“The income guidelines, updated annually, are effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The guidelines apply to student eligibility for free and reduced‑price school meals offered through the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs and milk offered through the Special Milk Program along with reimbursement for meals served in day care centers and family child care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Continue reading Feds release updated income eligibility levels for school meals
On Thursday, May 30, the Assembly Committee on Education met to vote on one bill (dyslexia guidebook) and hold a public hearing on three others (school meals, special education licensure & teacher licensure reciprocity).
Executive Session: Assembly Bill 110 was recommended for full passage by the Assembly on a party-line vote after an amendment was unanimously approved by committee members. Continue reading Assembly education committee meeting recap
The Assembly Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 417 North (GAR Hall) of the State Capitol.
The committee is chaired by state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and is scheduled to take public testimony on three bills: Continue reading Assembly education committee to hold hearing on school meals, teacher licensure bills May 30
Partial Government Shutdown Continues as New Congress Begins
The 116th Congress convened last week and the House immediately turned attention to approving an appropriations bill designed to end the partial government shutdown, triggered by the White House’s budget request for $5 billion to expand the southern border wall. The House measure, approved Thursday evening (Jan. 3), did not include funding for wall. The House vote shifts the budget debate back to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated that he will not bring any Fiscal Year 2019 legislation to the Senate floor that does not have the President’s support. Continue reading How will partial federal government shutdown affect K-12 schools, students?
Recently, the U.S. House passed its version of the federal farm bill, including an amendment requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to review the Obama-era federal regulations that set nutrition standards and issue new regulations for school lunch and breakfast programs that will provide greater flexibility to school districts.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is working to ensure the school nutrition amendment is included in the final version of the farm bill. If your district has specific examples of how the current school nutrition regulations are negatively affecting your school meal programs or student participation, please send them to Dan Rossmiller or Chris Kulow and we will forward this information to the NSBA to use to advocate for the inclusion of the amendment in the final version of the bill. Continue reading School input on lunch regulations requested as Congress finalizes farm bill
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 says the new rule is needed to give schools more flexibility in meeting the strict standards. Others see the measures as an attempt to roll back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama.
Continue reading USDA Relaxes School Meals Nutrition Rules