While the administrator makes the nutrition argument, former public school teacher Dr. Karen Gushta -- research coordinator at Coral Ridge Ministries and author of The War on Children: How Pop Culture and Public Schools Put Our Kids at Risk -- tells OneNewsNow it usurps parental authority.
"It's another effort to take away parental rights and the right of a parent to make decisions about what is in the best interest for the welfare of their own child, and place that right in the hand of an administrator or some government agent or whomever it may be," she laments.
Gushta contends there is a growing effort by government officials to take away rights -- all in the name of what is good for us. Parents especially, she says, need to connect the dots and be aware of what could come down the pike. "Today it's food choices and maybe school choices," she suggests. "Tomorrow it may be how you choose to discipline your child or where you want your child to attend worship."
The Tribune article also points out that the federal government pays school districts for each free or reduced-price lunch served -- meaning schools that ban homemade lunches also put more money in the pockets of district food providers.