Cheese Sandwich Regurgitation

Government_Surplus_CheeseI can’t lie –  I was pretty pissed off when I first heard of the Albuquerque Public Schools cheese sandwich debacle a few months ago.

Growing up in Southeastern New Mexico as a child in a low-income family, I know how it feels to have to eat a free lunch and be scorned by other students for not being able to pay for it.  Yet, APS took it to a whole other level when it began punishing students because their parents didn’t pay their lunch tab.

Yet, now we just learned from APS Superintendent Winston Brooks that the district had money to cover the lunch debt all along.  In fact, the $140,000 lunch debt reported by the district seems rather insignificant when compared to the $16 million that APS just “discovered.”

But this is not to say that that the lunch debt is the biggest issue here.  It just automatically came to mind because this “discovery” of money could have led to many APS children eating healthier and not being degraded as a result of eating the “poor kids” lunch.

Let’s face it…

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Got College Tuition Blues? Enter the Video Contest!

Hey college students! Have you ever suspected that your hard-luck tuition story is so pathetic it could win some twisted kind of contest? Well, the National Education Association and the Huffington Post blog have launched the first-ever “Got Tuition?” video contest to solicit the most compelling and sad tuition-related story.

The producer of the winning two-minute video will win $1,000 in prize money and get the opportunity to blog on the front page of Huffington Post about their own rough road to college affordability.

Videos will be judged by a panel that will include Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and other Huffington Post contributors, who will select five finalists on which the public can vote.

“Every year NEA members see talented students whose potential is not realized because they can’t afford to go to college, and our elected officials are not recognizing just how serious an issue this is for families,” said Shilpa Reddy, a spokeswoman for the NEA. “With almost 200 small lenders suspending their student loan programs this year, this has become a serious national economic issue. We’re providing a platform to the people who are bearing the brunt of this problem.” Continue reading