LAUSD Votes to Extend Classroom Breakfast Program

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Supporters of the LAUSD’s classroom breakfast program rally outside district headquarters. (May 14, 2013)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Board of Education approved funding for discretionary programs such as classroom breakfasts at its meeting Tuesday.

Many of the discretionary program items were placed on the board’s consent calendar — with the exception of Breakfast in the Classroom — and were outlined in a memo that Supt. John Deasy sent to members last month, saying that they would not be funded without explicit board approval.

The controversial breakfast program, which feeds more than 2,000 students in 290 schools across the L.A. Unified School District, passed unanimously with high-profile support from union workers, parents and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.

Two of the district’s most influential labor unions were once at odds about the early morning meals, but both agreed that the program was beneficial to students as long as accommodations were made to ease teachers’ concerns.

In a recent survey, members of the Los Angeles teachers union said they would support the program’s elimination if issues such as messes and interrupted instructional time were not addressed.

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