Lawmaker Proposes Cutting School Lunches From Schools With Literacy Deficits

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JakeThomas

Rep. Alan Clark believes schools that fail to improve reading proficiency rates should lose student lunch funding.

In Arkansas, state lawmaker Rep. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) has introduced a bill that would reduce student lunch funding for schools that fail to improve their reading proficiency rates, according to Oklahoma’s News 4.

In a public statement, Clark compared his proposed legislation to business incentives. Clark’s bill would require a school district to have a .0001 rate increase in reading proficiency every two years. Clarke claimed that, “In most businesses I would be laughed at for suggesting such a small goal.”

The proposed bill has caused a great backlash both on social media and among Arkansas parents.

In interviews, parents have told the media that threatening to cut school lunches seems counterproductive when it comes to improving school reading scores.

Comments (18)
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Solanus
Solanus

He could stand to skip a few lunches...

edcoonce
edcoonce

This ensures our status as a shithole country.

Bookman100
Bookman100

The GOP credo "Keep em poor, keep em stupid".

Drillsgtrock
Drillsgtrock

The Have and Have not...

PlainDarkSedan
PlainDarkSedan

And this is why we do not privatize important things.

Teaching children is not considered a for-profit business, fat boy. You give up your lunch.

michael keeys
michael keeys

There are several direct effects that involve the immediate impact of nutrition on the daily performance of a student. Mental and behavioral problems can be traced back to unhealthy nutrition and poor eating habits. This will harm the ability of students to learn at a pace necessary for school success.

NonnaCarolyn
NonnaCarolyn

This should never be about reading scores! This is about humanity and feeding hungry children! People who think like this are inhumane and immoral!

Mental Wimp
Mental Wimp

They don't even try to hide their cruelty anymore.

THEliberal1
THEliberal1

Morbidly OBESE FAT ASS Republican, with pathetic record of legislative accomplishments, wants to take food away from children with poor literacy scores!

Tricialin
Tricialin

You screw up the education system and then want to starve the children into better reading performance in your shitty schools. Orwell could not have dreamt this up and Dickens could not have invented a more detestable character than you.

lifelongteacher
lifelongteacher

Time and again the "factory model" vision of the education system equates student outcomes to product and profit. While I agree that striving for excellence is laudible for the majority of students as a general goal, the actual will to strive is fueled by a diverse range of factors, with physical well-being one of them. Someone needs to educate this ignorant bureaucrat before he does more damage, and persuade him that hungry children often lose that will to do better, and taking away their food will not help the situation. As a teacher, I feel that the only successful countermeasure to such draconian and misguided legislation is to persuade the perpetrators of the existence of important factors of which they are currently unaware. And if, heaven forbid, they are aware, and still persist in acting on unfounded beliefs, then it is our responsibility as educators to intervene, repeatedly, relentlessly, and unwaveringly, until we succeed in effecting positive action.

Brent01
Brent01

It does not appear that this Moron has missed many meals!

heeheehedd
heeheehedd

No lunch provided in an institution you are actually forced to attend. This has to be the craziest concept that I keep hearing from time to time. Who threatens such a thing, and who backs them? An army of demons?

Marvin Lee
Marvin Lee

Absolutely the most idiotic idea I have ever heard! Starve children living in poverty because they can’t read at proficient levels. Let’s not do anything about the generational poverty cycle, the unsafe, violent neighborhoods, the broken homes, the family situations, the poor medical care, the mental health issues, and all the other factors that make up a child’s life by the time they are 3 before schools get them. Do some research on what children need to be successful. For you, you had privilege and exploited the eating privilege you have, but want to starve children who have no power over their circumstances and blame teachers and schools who have no power over those same circumstances! You should feel ashamed of yourself, cut yourself off food and see how you feel! You should have no job in politics, as most, because you come from different thinking and privilege and seek to abuse your privilege and power.

Joanne Twomey
Joanne Twomey

This man has to go, the last thing children need is to go hungry. Please someone run against this man.

Madmom
Madmom

This has got to be the most cruel thing I have read in a long time .. I think you need voted out and you should not have ANY food till this is resolved !!!


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