Friday, October 09, 2009

Meanwhile Philly is Closing Fire Stations and Libraries...

"...In a locally unprecedented move, the School District of Philadelphia will hold principals accountable for the number of students eating breakfast in their schools.

Breakfast participation will be part of the report card that rates principals each year, along with categories such as attendance and math and reading performance.

All 165,000 students in Philadelphia public schools, regardless of income, are eligible for free breakfasts. But just 54,000 ate breakfast last year, district figures show..."

But wait,it gets better...

"...Just how food will be served in Philadelphia schools is up to principals. Studies show, however, that more children eat when breakfast is served in the first class of the day.

Last year, the vast majority of the district's 267 schools served food in their cafeterias before the school day began, Grasela said. Just 47 served them in classrooms, he said.

Typically, principals have resisted such service, saying it detracted from instructional time. But in the spring, the Pennsylvania Department of Education ruled that if students throughout the state eat breakfast in their first class with a teacher present, it will be counted as instructional time..." (source)

Here's the thing, just as "many Philadelphia children live in high-poverty areas" -there are many well-to-do areas of Philadelphia as well...and now tax payers will be responsible to feed the Birkenstocked co-op kids of Chestnut Hill and Manayunk? And in a time where services are being slashed everywhere? I have heard said it's so the poor kids don't feel embarrassed. Well, how about when they have no home or clothes because their house burned down because the fire station in their neighborhood was closed...will that be less ore more embarrassing?

I'm not blaming the kids here. I don't want any kid to go hungry,but the one that gets driven to school in a 9 series Mercedes should be eating at home! ...I'm just constantly dumbfounded at decisions our elected officials make...

You might also be interested to know that I believe this is FEDERAL money.

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