A proposal to allow Washington schools to shorten the school week sounds at first glance like one of those think-outside-the-box moneysavers we’re all looking for in these hard times. Not so fast, explains Yakima School District Superintendent Ben Soria. He tells MSNBC that for many students the meals they get at school "may be the only real nutritional meals" they get on those days,
Do the math: shortening the school week from 5 to 4 would reduce the number of square meals these kids get by 20 percent, from up to 15
(if you count snacks provided by some afterschool programs) to 12 or fewer. For hungry kids, the weekend would stretch on forever.