So Cal education, LAUSD, the Cal States and the UCs

Breakfast in the classroom: Select LA students to receive free morning meal

A new initiative called "Food for Thought" aims to provide free school breakfasts to students at low income schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) along with LA Fund for Public Education, is rolling out a new dining program called "Food for Thought" to provide free breakfast for students at 267 of the city's poorest schools.

There's as many as 132,000 students who do not eat breakfast each day, according to the LA Fund, and there more than 553,000 students who live in poverty throughout the LAUSD.

The new initiative is attempting to change these numbers by delivering breakfast to select schools beginning next year. Elementary school students will spend the first 10 minutes of their day eating their morning meal in the classroom, while secondary school students will follow a "Grab n' Go" model that allows them to pick up food at campus kiosks on their way to class.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the program aims to increase school breakfast consumption in the LAUSD from 29 percent to 70 percent, according to David Binkle, the district’s food services deputy director.


Smokers will be persona non grata on all UC campuses soon

Mercer 14913

Oday Obaid/Flickr

Hospitals are increasingly saying no to hiring smokers.

Smokers won't be allowed to light up too much longer at University of California campuses.

UC President Mark Yudof announced this week that all 10 of the system's schools must ban smoking within the next two years.

UCLA went "smoke free" in certain areas of campus two months ago — specifically indoor and outdoor areas of hospitals and health sciences campuses in Westwood and Santa Monica, and also buildings along a research corridor. (Check out a map.)

The new policy has gone off without a hitch, despite some anxiety before it went into effect, said UCLA professor Timothy Fong, who was part of the task force that worked on the new policy. Now, however, he said there's been a visible increase of smoking and cigarette butts outside the smoke-free zones.

"That's all the more reason why a campus-wide effort would be a tremendous service for enforcing these policies," Fong said.