Public school cafeterias would get letter-grade ratings, just like city restaurants, under a proposed law scheduled to be proposed at a City Council meeting Thursday.
Nearly half of city school cafeterias racked up at least one serious health code violation in 2017, like evidence of mice, rats, roaches or flies, according to an analysis of city Health Department data published by the Daily News in January.
In response to those findings, Council Members Rafael Salamanca Jr. (D-Bronx) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island ) will be introducing a bill to require letter grades for food service in schools and require updates on cafeteria conditions on the city schools’ web site.
“It is deplorable that evidence of mice, rats, roaches and flies were found in such a significant number of our city’s school cafeterias,” Salamanca said. “Restaurants, bars, even street vendors receive a letter grade – so why shouldn’t our schools?”
Meanwhile, another bill slated for a push at Thursday’s meeting would force greater transparency in budgeting, by making city schools to publish more information about their finances online.
The second bill is being introduced by the Council’s Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn).
Treyger’s law would require the city Education Department to release reports with all school funding data in a central location, including Fair Student Funding money, which can be used for a variety of educational purposes.