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News Release - Colorado State Board of Education to consider healthy beverage policy in September

Aug. 10, 2016

News Release - Colorado State Board of Education to consider healthy beverage policy in September

GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado State Board of Education on Wednesday did not reach the required unanimous decision today on whether to change the state’s Healthy Beverage Policy to conform to new federal rules, which means the item will return for a final vote at September’s meeting.

Under the rule-making process, the board must have a unanimous vote to adopt a new rule immediately after the public hearing.  The board will consider the new rule again in September, when only a majority decision is necessary to adopt the rule.

The proposal would change the Rules for the Administration of the Healthy Beverages Policy, adopted in 2009 to meet state statute and guide school districts in selecting healthier beverage options to sell to students. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in July finalized a new set of federal rules on nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in schools. One part of the rule change would allow diet sodas to be sold in schools.  Diet soda was banned under the 2009 Colorado’s Healthy Beverage Policy.

Other highlights from the first day of the two-day meeting:

  • The Board of Education approved a request by Denver Public Schools on behalf of McGlone Academy for a revised innovation plan and waiver requests.

  • The Board approved a notice of rulemaking for accountability for alternative education campuses.

  • The Board approved 90 schools that qualify as Alternative Education Campuses.

  • The Board denied a waiver request from Peetz-Plateau RE-5 School District for school readiness tests for incoming kindergartners.


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