"Can we stop the sweets as rewards in the classroom? Teachers are giving slushes, starburst, etc. as rewards ALL THE TIME! Can parents stop bringing sweets to school for their childs' birthday? IT IS NOT THE PLACE! One in every three children in the US are overweight or obese! Let the change begin with you! "
Please see the link below to improve school lunches across the nation.
One in three children in the US are overweight or obese!
MomsRising.org - Petition Regarding School Lunches See letter to Legislator below.
As one of over a million MomsRising members and your constituent, I'm writing to urge you to pass a good child nutrition bill, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, S. 3307, that improves access to healthy food and doesn't significantly cut future food-stamp benefits for families.
Nearly 1 in 4 of U.S. children stand on the brink of hunger in the U.S. right now AND 1 in 3 children are obese or overweight. Children can't afford for Congress to wait to update the Child Nutrition Act.
The proposed update to the Child Nutrition Act would make historic improvements in school and child nutrition that will help address both childhood hunger and obesity in our nation.
But we also can’t fund this crucial update by cutting future benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-- crazy but true this has been proposed. More than 40 million vulnerable American families depend on SNAP and we can't help kids by hurting kids.
Thanks again, for all the work you do for our children and families,
From a parent:
My son is on an IEP and was retained this past year. I was looking for some feedback etc on SPED issues.
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We would suggest getting your son an advocate or attorney as by what we have determined, it wasn't solely an academic issue. Retaining students isn't an ideal nor should it be used as a threat or tactic against students who don't fit into the schools idea of education. That being said, we have found a wealth of information on Wrightslaw.com regarding retention of students and the negative implications it has on their overall well-being. Unfortunately, MVRCS is too quick to retain and often uses it as a way of steering parents out of the school (we do not know if that is the case with your child but that is where an attorney or advocate would be beneficial). Retention should not be viewed as a failure on the child but rather as a failure of the school in their efforts to educate a child. We have heard of students being held back for a number of years. It would appear that these students retention is as a direct result of their neurological or behavioral issues and this is not legal nor acceptable. Also, if a child is receiving high grades but fails to pass the MCAS, retention should not be permissable or acceptable. If the school is providing adequate instruction for your child in their grade level and they are performing well, MCAS or IOWA's should not be the determining factor as to whether your child advances to the next grade. We have heard of classes that are not working at grade level collectively, but again, in our opinion that speaks to the school rather than the students. We are currently researching information regarding FAPE and special education law regarding retention and will add more later. (Wow, our list of topics to be covered is growing hourly!~)