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A clarification about breakfast law AB 1240

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I just read your story about Breakfast in the Classroom. Thanks for taking an in-depth look at this issue.

I just wanted to correct a small problem with the description of AB 1240 in your article: "State legislation in the form of AB 1240 authored by Assemblymen Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Tony Thurmond, D-Oakland, is seeking to take such issues out of local control by mandating that lower income districts be forced to participate in Breakfast in the Classroom."

AB 1240 would not require schools to have a breakfast in the classroom program. In fact, it only requires schools with over 60 percent low-income students to serve breakfast after the start of the school day.

Districts would keep the flexibility to implement this in the way that is best for their situation. Some schools with "Breakfast After the Bell" programs choose to serve breakfast from grab n' go stations on students' way to class - not interrupting class time or taking away from recess. Other schools create a short breakfast break period. A few select breakfasts in the classroom, usually during homeroom during roll call and other classroom prep times.

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Jonathan Taylor Bash,
Brown-Miller Communications, Inc.,

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