“The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) this week voted to end so-called “McTeacher’s Nights,” school fundraisers in which teachers spend an evening working behind the counter at a local McDonald’s restaurant, serving students and their families.”
* “With its vote Tuesday, LAUSD, the second-largest district in the USA, becomes the first to nix the events, noted the Boston-based transparency watchdog Corporate Accountability International.”
* ““Kids think that if they see something advertised in school it has the seal of approval of their school or their teacher,” director of Corporate Accountability International’s Value the Meal campaign said. “They see their teachers dressed in McDonald’s uniforms, flipping hamburgers, welcoming them to the restaurant — it really sends the wrong message.”
* “The push to get rid of McTeacher’s Nights came from board President Steve Zimmer, who said his goal was to clarify and enforce an existing district policy prohibiting “sponsorship from corporations that market, sell or produce products that may be harmful to children, including, but not limited to, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, gambling, or high-fat and -calorie foods and drinks,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “I would argue McTeacher Night is an egregious violation of this policy,” he said.”
Well done, LAUSD and Corporate Accountability International! Now, let’s get state dietetic associations (i.e.: CA, MI) to drop McDonald’s as a conference sponsor.