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The science behind our nutrition: Should school-funded meals be a priority?

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on January 03, 2017


As school meals become more expensive and school budgets dwindle, the question of priorities comes into play. Should schools provide daily meals to students to ensure they receive adequate nutrition? 

Skipping nutrition decreases academic performance

When a child lacks nutritious foods, the result can be behavior problems, short attention spans, and exhaustion, all affecting the student's ability to learn. A study in the Journal of School Health found that performance in school and cognitive function testing in school-aged children is largely dependent on nutrition. It's long known that children who skip breakfast tend to do poorly in classroom settings.

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Topics: schools provide nutritious meals, school funded meals in public school, should schools provide nutritious food, schools providing nutritious food

Charter versus Public Schools—Who Shows Better Academic Success?

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on December 16, 2016



Are charter schools leading education achievement with greater results or do public schools rise above the growing opportunity for alternative education? The debate has gone for two decades as the proponents of charter schools claim that its structure is academically superior to public schools. Yet, proponents of public schools state that charter schools have the same academic outcomes as traditional schools.

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Topics: academic success charter school, academis success public schools, academic success charter versus public school, charter versus public schools

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