Georgia districts could receive 30 exemption days for fundraisers

Under new USDA Smart Snacks rules, states can determine how many days districts can opt out of rules regarding fundraising.

ATLANTA—Georgia officials who call new federal nutrition standards an over-reach want to give schools plenty of loopholes to sell sweet treats during fundraisers.

The state's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under a federal law passed in 2010 that is part of first lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity effort.

The proposal is up for public comment for 30 days, and will be considered by the board in August.