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U-46 district at odds over free breakfast

Studies show that students do better in school if they start the day with a nutritious breakfast and many districts across the country now offer free breakfasts to all students. Many elementary schools have taken the cause one step further by offering that free breakfast in the classroom. Last year, Elgin-based district U-46 piloted a breakfast in the classroom program at select schools but decided not to continue it this year because, among other things, it said it cut too far into instruction time. Last week some local teachers complained and urged the district to reinstate the program rather than just offering free breakfast before school. We talk to the National Education Association Health Information Network and Food Research Action Center about the national struggle to support breakfast in the classroom. And WBEZ health reporter and producer Monica Eng shares details about how the program played out in Chicago Public Schools. Photo: Flickr/THEREALJOEO

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