In order to comply with federal regulations, the State Board of Education in Tennessee has announced that schools are only allowed to host club bake sales, cook-offs, or any other food-based fundraiser on each campus 30 days per school-year.
The board chose this specific number because if a maximum number of days are not set, schools are not allowed to host any food-related fundraisers at all, according to The Tennessean.
Administrators across the state are lamenting the effect this will have on school club funds.
via The Tennessean:
“That means if the Spanish club sells sausage biscuits one morning, that’s one day,” said David Sevier, deputy executive director of the State Board of Education.
“If there’s a schoolwide event where all the teachers cook hamburgers for the seniors, then that’s a day. If there’s a day when the parents do pizza for the entire school, that’s a day.
Food sold that is deemed “healthy” under the guidelines will not be affected.
“If I thought I could generate revenue selling carrot sticks, I could tear it up,” Sevier said.
How many high school students do you know would spend what little money they have on vegetables?
It's a previously unknown facet of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and went into effect on July 1. In its short lifespan, it hasn't won many fans.
The federal government does not need to stick its nose into such localized events as school club bake sales. This is the very definition of government overreach. And Michelle may not know it, but her actions may result in a whole generation of conservative voters.