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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

States Testify on Child Nutrition Program

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington D.C. (June 24, 2015) -- Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the top education chiefs in every state, value student health as a high priority. Students cannot be expected to excel if they are hungry, or malnourished. In the pursuit to deliver healthy meals, however, states often struggle to meet compliance demands. South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp, and Lynn Harvey, School Nutrition Services chief for North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction, testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, on the challenges states face complying with changes to the federal child nutrition program.

"State chiefs know how important it is to provide healthy meals," Schopp states in her testimony. "I just encourage you to find a more logical way to ensure compliance. I urge you to reduce the complexity and burden put on state agencies seeking to comply with the law and allow states to focus on what's most important: finding the most efficient ways to get the most nutritious meals to our students." 

South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp's testimony submitted to the committee.

North Carolina School Nutrition Services Chief Lynn Harvey's testimony submitted to the committee.

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Schools June Atkinson's letter in support of Harvey's testimony. 

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.