..."'They're like lethal weapons,' he says of the stiff, cold french fries. Like dozens of other kids, he buys contraband muffins from a Spanish teacher, Mercedes Salvador, who buys them in bulk from Costco and parcels them out for a buck, then reinvests the profits in more food.
"It's against LAUSD rules to sell to students, and she's been warned. But if she stops, kids go hungry. She can't afford hungry, distracted students, since her teaching is being judged on test scores. It's a Sophie's Choice played out in snack foods..."
For the full text of this 5,000-word article (headline: "Why Los Angeles Schoolkids Get Lousy Meals") from LA Weekly on the Los Angeles USD's school nutrition program, go here.