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Jersey City school officials blame parents for low participation in federal breakfast program
Jersey Journal ^ | October 5, 2012

Posted on 10/05/2012 5:14:42 PM PDT by SMGFan

Days after a report by two nonprofits cited Jersey City’s school district as an “underachiever” for not serving free or reduced-price school breakfasts to 82 percent of its eligible students, district officials are placing the blame squarely on parents.

The report, which lauds some Hudson County schools for boosting its participation in the federal school breakfast program, says Jersey City has 21,221 students eligible to participate in the program, yet only 3,880 do. District spokeswoman said school officials alert parents whose children are eligible for free breakfasts, but parents don’t seem interested. The program starts at 8 a.m., 30 minutes before the school day officially begins.

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But they have never blamed parents for kids failing in school. Entering school with being able to count etc.

JCEA "FIRST IN QUALITY EDUCATION"

1 posted on 10/05/2012 5:14:49 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

..they don’t want to eat Chewie’s cardboard


2 posted on 10/05/2012 5:22:01 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SMGFan

From the article:

“A family of four whose income is about $40,000 – or 185 percent of the federal poverty level – or below is eligible for reduced-price breakfast and lunch, which can be free if the family makes significantly below that threshold.”

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I know food is expensive, but why can’t the children in a family of four earning $40,000 not be able to eat breakfast at home?


3 posted on 10/05/2012 5:22:11 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SMGFan

Officials’ quote: “SUBMIT DAMN YOU!”


4 posted on 10/05/2012 5:22:24 PM PDT by relictele
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To: SMGFan

TRANSLATION: When parents feed their own children, nanny-state programs look bad.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 5:22:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: SMGFan

Gee, do you think it might have to do with the fact that these parents then have to drive the kids to school so that they can get this free breakfast? So in fact, it isn’t free now is it!

Cost of gas, time of parent, choice? Cheaper to feed the child at home.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 5:22:44 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: SMGFan

Just maybe those Jersey City parents would rather THEY provide breakfast for THEIR kids, NOT some “gov’t. largesse”,
funded by their neighbors’ taxes!

Maybe they are doing the “responsible” thing. Ya think??


7 posted on 10/05/2012 5:26:35 PM PDT by pioneerstakethearrows
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To: SMGFan

How ghastly that some choose not to be dependent on the fedguv. They must be stopped!


8 posted on 10/05/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: pioneerstakethearrows
Maybe they are doing the “responsible” thing. Ya think??

Some are, no doubt.

...but parents don’t seem interested. The program starts at 8 a.m., 30 minutes before the school day officially begins.

But this little blurb pretty much proves out that deadbeat parents will not go out of their way for their kids, even when it's free. "Wha?? Ya mean, I gotta take Junior to school myself, a whole half-hour early? Shiiii.... he can last a day (or 5) without breakfast!"

9 posted on 10/05/2012 5:31:41 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: fatnotlazy

Food is cheap. 50 lbs of oatmeal is 18.00. We ate oatmeal daily with fruits, nuts, yougert and various sweetenrs and milk for the children’s entire childhoods.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 5:40:05 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: SMGFan; John Semmens

I swear that that John Semmens is writing at least half of the news articles these days.


11 posted on 10/05/2012 5:40:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jcsjcm
Gee, do you think it might have to do with the fact that these parents then have to drive the kids to school so that they can get this free breakfast? So in fact, it isn’t free now is it!

Cost of gas, time of parent, choice? Cheaper to feed the child at home.

A few days ago I made a rare early morning run for supplies before the rush hour. This was 6:30 AM and still dark. The streets were flooded with school buses picking up kids from middle class neighborhoods to take to school so they could eat for free.

12 posted on 10/05/2012 5:48:16 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: SMGFan

Breakfast is the cheapest meal of the day....eat at home!


13 posted on 10/05/2012 5:48:52 PM PDT by Michigander222
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To: SMGFan

With over 46 million now on food stamps, maybe everyone is adequately supplied with enough funds to feed their children. /s


14 posted on 10/05/2012 5:55:26 PM PDT by RobertClark (Be prepared, be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: SMGFan

Other choices were the replacement refs and Jim Lehrer.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 5:57:35 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: SMGFan

Sad commentary on society for berating parents for feeding their own kids in school instead of relying on the “givernment” for their breakfast.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 6:11:27 PM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: SMGFan

The City has no business taking money and orders from the Fed...therein lies the problem.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 6:14:11 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: informavoracious

“Feeding their own kids in school” = “feeding their own kids before school”


18 posted on 10/05/2012 6:15:04 PM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: SMGFan

Please take more.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 6:16:04 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: SMGFan
The program starts at 8 a.m., 30 minutes before the school day officially begins.

I would gladly exchange both breakfast and lunch for a chance to sleep extra 30 minutes. As matter of fact, I never ate anything in school, at any time.

20 posted on 10/05/2012 6:18:30 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: SMGFan
Our local Elementary school hosts a summer reading program designed to help struggling readers. I've seen good readers and bad readers all attend the program for free. If you're a good reader but poor, your lumped in with the bad readers, so the Feds payed for the program. Then the school got a grant to provide free lunch to any child under 18 that showed up. Not many did. So they took 45 minutes out of a three hour reading program to make these kids go to lunch, they just wanted to eat at home. Then they met their quota for “poor kids showing up for summer free lunch”. The teacher gets their normal pay for lunch duty and a play time worked into the three hour program. Parents told me at precisely noon, every teacher literally ran out of the school— contract said they could leave. This left only a few teacher aids to get a lot of k-5 students back from lunch and ready to go home. I heard this year there was a fight over which teachers would get these reading positions because for doing a little bit of reading instruction from 9-12 for six weeks in the summer, they pocketed about $6,000 a piece!
21 posted on 10/05/2012 6:24:39 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Dumpster Baby

Most of the time I like our school, but our school is even worse when it comes to breakfast. They run the buses at regular time because they couldn’t possibly make a school employee be their 15 minutes before work. And then the kids that get free breakfast (or those that want to buy it) end up with about 10 minutes to put their stuff in their lockers or cubbies, get in the breakfast line, and eat. Many kids get in trouble for being late. My daughter used to occasionally like to buy on the “egg Mcmuffin” day buts says there just isn’t time. So she eats better at home. Kids whose parents won’t feed them or get it for free are late to class everyday!


22 posted on 10/05/2012 6:42:51 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: SMGFan

They used to give the breakfast and lunch menus on the morning TV news. They seemed to have dropped it this year. The local superintendent used to crow about the 75% participation rate for the free meals. All of the meals are supplied by a contractor. Each meal is in plastic baggies that is microwaved. So, as you can imagine, there are no cooked meals, just microwaved junk. It is one of the biggest scams perpetuated on the taxpayer. In addition to the free meals, during the summer also, and meals to take home for the weekends and the free suppers provided for the latch key kids; the parents still get their food stamps which I assume that will be used to provide necessities such as $300 sneakers, lotto tickets, cigarettes, etc.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 7:13:05 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (God is a victim of identity theft by anointed progressive academics and intellectuals)
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To: Dumpster Baby

My family starts prayers at 6:30 each morning, and the first school bus (elementary, I think) goes by about 10 minutes later. I don’t know whether our local elementary school serves breakfast. (At home, those who can dish up before 6:30 can start eating, while those who arrive at the last minute have to wait 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the day’s lectionary and how long the chapters are in the Bible book we’re presently reading.)


24 posted on 10/05/2012 7:35:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Optimism is much shallower than hope.)
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To: Tax-chick

I did my student teaching at a low income school that served free breakfast. So few kids could arrive early enough to eat their free breakfast that they had to allow them to take it to class with them- thus using up the first 15 minutes of the actual school day.


25 posted on 10/05/2012 9:27:38 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Dianna

Getting children up and moving in the morning is a challenge no matter what their breakfast/education arrangements are. When my kids whine about getting up, I say, “Hear that? Those are your friends getting on the school bus - with clothes on already! Shoes even!”

I don’t understand why the elementary school has to start so early. Little kids (and their mothers, in pajamas, often) are on the street corner in the dark all winter. Could the school district be in collusion with the vendors of “after-school care”?


26 posted on 10/06/2012 4:03:22 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Optimism is much shallower than hope.)
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