School District Rejecting School Lunch Program Has Some Unappetizing Words For Michelle Obama
In other words, any schools that receive federal reimbursement for lunches must adhere to updated standards, something that Michelle Obama has made one of her pet projects.
Not all school districts are on board. Rick Petfalksi, the President of the Muskego-Norway School District in Wisconsin, said:
We believe that proper food nutrition and meal portion guidelines are best decided at a local level.
By leaving the program we will not be required to follow these onerous guidelines, pushed by and large by Michelle Obama, who last I checked has been elected by no one.
Obviously, Petfalksi thinks that deferring to decisions imposed from faceless bureaucrats 800 miles away is not the ideal way to run his district. How quaint and naive.
On the other hand, given the context of Independence Day, it’s also completely true and worthy of applause.
It’s not just the idea of local control that is driving some districts to rebel; it’s also the money. Some schools anticipate that participation in the program will run a financial deficit and are opting out as well.
The Waterford Graded School District, Waterford Union High School, and the Central High School District of Westosha all opted out for financial reasons. All three forecasted five or six-figure deficits if they participated and their own plans will keep their budgets in the black.
The final influence on the decision to not participate is that kids just don’t like the food. One superintendent said:
There was a lot of waste; the food ended up in the garbage instead of the kids’ mouths.
If your vision of America includes the idea that federal intrusion is helpful and positive, these kinds of responses will upset you.
On the other hand, if your vision is one of freedom, liberty, and self-determination, free of a nationalized political agenda and a one-size-fits-all approach, you will stand up and cheer. We sure are.