Toothless. Ineffective. Bureaucratic.
That’s how some school food reformers have described the state’s oversight of the school lunch program.
California Watch found that about 12 percent of school districts and charter schools have slipped through the cracks and not received a state review in the past five years, as required. And many districts that fail to meet federal nutritional standards are slapped on the wrist.
State officials acknowledge the lapse in reviews and say they’re underfunded and shortstaffed.