Bruno: Balanced Reform Includes School Breakfast
Schools in a number of states are set to start offering free breakfasts to students (in some cases regardless of income) as part of a new Department of Agriculture expansion of the school lunch program.
Coincidentally, a new study in Mind, Brain, and Education illustrates why this is probably a good idea. The researchers found that adolescents who eat breakfast do better in school than those who don't, even controlling for age, sex, parental education, and current academic level.
In some ways this is not a very interesting story because, really, who's going to get upset at the prospect of making sure kids don't show up to class hungry? At the same time, though, that's exactly what makes it a great story. Hopefully it can serve as a reminder that there are at least some school "reforms" that reformers of all stripes can enthusiastically support. The question is whether building consensus to move ahead with school reform has to be as difficult as we usually make it out to be. - PB (@MrPABruno) (image source)