Child nutrition reauthorization:
Rethinking school food service

Last month, President Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Commonly referred to as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, it provides funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs, including $4.5 billion in new funding over 10 years.

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Federal education funding remains unfinished

The 111th U.S. Congress failed to pass an appropriations bill – which included funding for SY 2011-12 federal education programs – leaving it up to the new Congress to fund next year’s programs. The federal government will operate under a continuing resolution to keep funding at current levels through March 4, 2011.

Until Congress settles the issue, the South Dakota Department of Education won’t know how much funding is available to school districts for state-administered federal education programs in SY 2011-12. We will keep districts posted as we learn more.