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Can Celebrities Help High School Dropouts?

A Dream School that pairs celebrities with high school dropouts. Can wrong turns be avoided?

Here is an alarming statistic: 82% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. Now, just imagine Suze Orman, Swizz Beatz, David Arquette, and Soledad O’Brien teaching some of those students—before they got to prison. Could this make a difference?

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How a 9-Year-Old Girl's Food Blog Forced Healthier Lunch Options

Never underestimate the power of a blog and a hungry 9-year-old girl.


Martha Payne is a 9-year-old Scottish girl with a taste for good, healthy food. Unfortunately, like so many other children, Payne attends a school that was far less interested than she in what it was feeding her and her classmates each day. Education is a difficult industry, and when it comes to deciding how to spend time and money, food is often low on the list of priorities for administrators. Payne was fed up with meals that at best, weren't nutritious and, at worst, were peppered with stray hairs that weren't hers. That's when she started her blog.

While it's derided by some as a safe haven for bitter layabouts raging in their parents' basement, blogging can actually be a very effective form of protest, and Payne is a perfect example. At the beginning of May, she started NeverSeconds, a food blog dedicated to rating the health and value of her school lunches every weekday. Though it hasn't even been around for a full month, NeverSeconds has already garnered a global readership—kids from as far as Taiwan and the United States are now sending in photos and descriptions of their lunches—and forced the hands of school officials in the process.

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L.A. Schools Get Serious About Rehabbing Lunch Menus, But Will the New Food Help Kids Learn?

The debate about cafeteria food shouldn't just focus on health. It also affects whether teachers can do their jobs effectively.

Chocolate and strawberry milk? Gone. Chicken nuggets and corn dogs? They're also being kicked to the curb. Chalk it up to spending months in the hotseat after clashing with chef Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution reality show, but the Los Angeles Unified School District is putting the kibosh on sugar-filled flavored milk and fast food staples. Great, but are the new optionsvegetable pad Thai, California sushi rolls, and spinach tortellini in butternut squash saucegoing to help kids learn? That may seem like an odd question, but here's why I'm asking: If students don't eat, they come back to class after lunch, sit at their desks, and stare into space like zombies. They can't concentrate.

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Jamie Oliver Still Isn't Offering Real Solutions, But Maybe That's Fine From Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution to Beyoncé, Battling Childhood Obesity

The new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution probably won't offer any practical solutions to childhood obesity. But maybe it only needs to be fun.

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Tonight, the new season of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution premiers on ABC.

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Feast Your Eyes: Video Tour of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Truck

Jamie Oliver has unveiled his brand-new Food Revolution truck, complete with 8 kitchen stations and an inflatable stage.

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