Senate offers teachers a bite at forbidden junk food

SALEM — Some Oregon teachers want the Legislature to allow them to buy soda pop and unhealthy snack foods in their lounges — food students are forbidden to buy on school grounds.

The Oregon House gave its approval today, sending the Senate a bill to exempt teachers from a law restricting the sale of junk food in public schools.

The 2007 law was aimed at childhood obesity. But it pulled the plug on junk food vending machines in teacher lounges, too.

As adults, teachers say, they should have the right to decide what to eat.

Opponents say teachers should set an example for students.

A national advocate says some states that ban such sales exempted teacher lounges from the start, but Oregon is the only state to consider backtracking.

— The Associated Press

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