nanny state n. Informal
A government perceived as having excessive interest in or control over the welfare of its citizens, especially in the enforcement of extensive public health and safety regulations.
We’ve heard about the legislature attempting to subsidize grocers to set up shop in poor neighborhoods and start forcing “healthy” food on the people of said communities. Now, comes Mecklenburg County’s representative Charles Jeter (R) who wants to spend taxpayer money on “green teachers.’‘
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE GREEN TEACHER NETWORK PILOT PROGRAM.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: SECTION 1.(a) There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. These funds shall be used by the Green Teacher Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, for a three-year pilot program to transform two Title I schools into outdoor learning centers, based on a national model developed by Real Green Schools. Ten years of data on schools using this model show significant improvements in academic performance, teacher effectiveness, and health and behavioral issues at the schools. Under this model, teachers receive extensive training for three years to connect school gardens to curriculum while supporting healthy eating habits through proven project-based learning. The total campus is transformed into an outdoor learning center with the 15 support of corporate partners. Supplemental assessment of the model is being developed through the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.