Teacher complaints could kill Buffalo's breakfast in classroom program

The teacher's union has filed a grievance because of mess and reduction in teaching time.

Aug. 9—For the last two years, nearly all Buffalo public school students through eighth grade have had free breakfast in their classrooms.

Teachers got a free breakfast, too, and they may have enjoyed the quiet social time with their students before first period. More importantly, since the district instituted the classroom breakfast program, more than 6,000 additional children have taken advantage of a free breakfast benefit that the district has offered for nearly 15 years.

But kids are messy, and apparently some teachers are sick of cleaning up spilled milk, collecting crumbs and dealing with ants. On their behalf, the Buffalo Teachers Federation filed a grievance against the district that threatens to put an end to the classroom breakfast program.

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