DC Council Healthy Schools Act Roundtable!
by Chris Weiss, Executive Director, DC Environmental Network
The DC Environmental Network encourages all interested parties to participate in the upcoming hearings being held by DC Council Chairperson Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Mary Cheh. One hearing will be focused on implementation of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010 and the other will be focused on DC Public Schools (DCPS) food service programs. Both will focus on health and environmental concerns important to many NGOs in the District. All are welcome.
From the offices of Councilmember Mary Cheh:
Dear Healthy Schools Friends,
I want to let you know that the D.C. Council will be holding two hearings on healthy schools issues in a few weeks:
On Monday, October 29, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh will be holding a hearing on the implementation of the Healthy Schools Act and the District’s Environmental Literacy Plan. This hearing will explore school nutrition, physical education, health education, wellness programs, school gardens, farm-to-school programs, and environmental programs in public and charter schools in the District of Columbia. The hearing will also examine the District’s new Environmental Literacy Plan, which was required by the Healthy Schools Act.
On Thursday, November 1, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will be holding a hearing on the DCPS Food Services program. The purpose of the hearing will be to discuss the challenges that the DCPS food service program has faced, the DCPS food services contracting process, and how DCPS food service program can be further improved without sacrificing food quality.
These hearings will be broadcast on Channel 13 and streamed online at http://dccouncil.us/granicus. We would welcome testimony from all interested stakeholders – parents, teachers, experts, advocates, and community members. Please feel free to spread the word about these hearings.
Offices of Councilmember Mary Cheh
Chairperson, Committee on the Environment, Public Works & Transportation
All are welcome!