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Baby Carrots & Chlorine, Does A Viral Message Reveal The Truth? Yes and no.

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The Truth About Baby Carrots and Chlorine

It’s not every day that you can lend any credibility to the many viral things that get passed around on Facebook or Twitter. If anything, Facebook has almost revived the old chain letter spam that you used to get by email, but now you’ll find it shared on your Facebook wall or in your newsfeed. It was just yesterday when I ran across one of these items being shared in my newsfeed that screamed, “DANGER TO YOUR FAMILY!!” What was this lurking danger that your family needed to know about? Apparently there is some information about baby carrots that most people don’t know.

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The current viral explosion looks like it was originally shared by a man named Victor Zammit on January 10th, 2013 and is has now reached 23,101 shares and is still getting shared every few seconds. The message is as follows:

Baby Carrot Chlorine Facebook Message

“DANGER TO YOUR FAMILY!!
From the Department of Life Education:

Baby Carrots:
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots – most people probably know this already.

What you may not know and should know is the following:
Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used in your pool).

Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.

You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer. I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed.

I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. I know that I will never buy them again!!!!”

It all makes the situation sound pretty horrible, doesn’t it? It appears this same information was spreading at the end of 2008 and all through 2009. In 2011 it had a resurgence and in 2013 it has now taken off with a vengeance thanks to the ability for people to share things on Facebook.

We’re posting some shots of Google Trend graphs of people searching for baby carrots along with people searching for baby carrots chlorine. You can see that every time the blue graph spikes there is an underlying search interest that is popping up about baby carrots and chlorine. Unfortunately for the mini peeled carrot companies, whether they are organic farms or not, the trend seems to have gotten bigger than it ever has in the past. One thing that this reveals to me is that people find it important to know that baby carrots sold in bags in the store are not in fact baby carrots. The other thing it seems is pretty important to people is finding out that the baby carrots are either soaked in chlorine or they are rinsed with chlorine before they are shipped to you to consume.

Baby Carrot Chlorine Search

Now one more trend graph we’ll take a look at before jumping in and trying to see if there any truth to all this is the most recent trend. The trend graph above is from 2004 to 2013 so we can see the trends over time. If we zoom in and just look at January 2012 to January 2013 we see a significant spike in people going to Google and searching for “baby carrots chlorine.” We did find some other people searching for baby carrots and bleach but we haven’t found much information on that so we’re going to leave it alone for now. One thing is for certain, if you’re in the carrot farming business and you’re selling “mini carrots, “baby carrots”, “peeled carrots” or all the other names given to this creation, you might want to get your PR people on this.

Baby Carrots 2013 spike after Facebook Message

Since I started juicing in 2012 I became very interested in carrots and these baby carrots are easy for preparation, snacking and even juicing because you don’t have to clean them, chop them and prepare them for snacking or juicing. My wife and I started buying Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Peeled Carrots from Costco months ago to save time and a little money. What we used to buy were the very large and great tasting carrots also from Earthbound Farm.

Now it seems I may be one of the only people that didn’t know this, but I really wasn’t paying attention or aware that baby carrots are not baby carrots at all. The carrots are in fact cut from larger carrots to a smaller size, peeled with a machine and then mechanical peelers and shapers make them look like little baby carrots. I do feel a little bit deceived but it’s honestly my own ignorance that lead me to believe these carrots were baby carrots grown from the ground. If you’re curious what a machine looked like that shapes and mechanically peels the larger carrots down to baby carrots the image below shows what one looks like:

Baby Carrot Machine

Baby Carrots Mechanical Peelers

Taking a look in Google images at “baby carrots growing” you can definitely see real baby carrots are much more long, slender and have a different look to them as you can see below.

Baby Carrots Growing

Is the white stuff on baby carrots chlorine? No.

So while we’re on the topic of these normal carrots being mechanically peeled and shaped to look like baby carrots, let’s debunk some misinformation that is being spread about the baby carrots and chlorine causing white marks on the carrots. From the viral piece of Facebook spreading about mini carrots and chlorine it states, “You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces.” This part is just absolutely absurd. The white covering is simply cuts and gashes from the carrot being peeled and mechanically shaped into a cute little baby carrots. You can test this out for yourself by getting an unaltered carrot and cutting it up with a knife and letting it sit out. You will notice that the parts you’ve cut with the knife will look white as the carrot dries out and the water evaporates.

I put two pictures below of the “mini peeled carrots” I buy from Costco under the brand Earthbound Farm. Let’s take a look at the packaging first. The first picture below is of the front of the packaging which you can see is clearly labeled “ORGANIC” and the second picture is what the sales display looks like in Costco of the Earthbound Farm “Organic Peeled Carrots” that are in the 5 pound bag for $5.79. At Costco when something is Organic they often highlight the word on the price tag with green to alert you that you’re buying an organic product. I would have to say the labeling and pricetag do state that these are “peeled” carrots and also Earthbound Farm’s box says, “Mini Peeled Carrots” which hints at the fact that these carrots are mechanically shaped. In the second picture you can see that the only ingredient listed on the bag is, “Organic Carrots.” The back of the package also states Earthbound’s product description which says, “Fresh from the fields to you, Earthbound Farm organic mini peeled carrots are delicious and nutritious.” If you take a look in the second picture you can see the white look the carrots get after you’ve had them for a week or so from the mechanical peeling & cutting marks showing after water evaporates.

Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Carrots

Earthbound Farms Baby Carrot Ingredients

Now what about the chlorine, are mini carrots really soaked in a chlorine solution, then bagged up and shipped to you to consume? Yes and no it seems. The catch to me is that I assumed that using chlorine on products that you’re eating wouldn’t be an organic approved process. According to Earthbound Farm’s statement on Facebook however, the “lightly chlorinated water” is in compliance with the USDA organic regulations.” I found that someone asked them about the baby carrot rumor spreading on Facebook and they quickly answered the question honestly. I definitely have to give Earthbound Farm some kudos for addressing the matter! The question on Facebook and their statement is as follows:

Earthbound Farm Facebook Answer to Baby Carrot Rumors

From: Samantha Heitov Whittle

“Sorry if this has been answered, but is there any truth the baby carrots soaked in chlorine thing that’s floating around the internet? and if so, are EBFarm baby carrots treated this way? thanks!”

Earthbound Farm reply to Samantha’s question:

“Hi Samantha, Thanks for the question. Our Earthbound Farm Mini Peeled Carrots are a specific variety of full size carrots that are particularly sweet. They are harvested, cut to size and peeled with mechanical peelers. Since this is a ready to eat product, they are then washed with a chilled, lightly chlorinated water, rinsed and packaged. This procedure is in compliance with the USDA organic regulations and is used to ensure the highest food safety standards. – Hillary at Earthbound”

This was almost to the letter the same exact explanation that Earthbound gave another customer by email nearly three years ago. I found the previous statement from Earthbound Farm on Yahoo Answers from a customer posting about it to see if other people were aware of the chlorine in carrots and mechanical processing. What is great is that at least the statement has stayed consistent and stories aren’t changing. It seems that most companies that sell baby carrots have made similar statements and all have about the same process whether they are organic carrots or non-organic carrots.

So let’s sum up the facts we’ve confirmed about baby carrots:

  • Baby Carrots Are Cut To Size
  • Baby Carrots Are Peeled & Shaped With Mechanical Peelers
  • Baby Carrots Are Washed With Chlorinated Water
  • USDA Organic Regulations Approve of Chlorine for cleaning
  • Baby Carrots Are Not Soaked In Wash Water*
  • White On Carrots Are From Peeling & Dehydration Process*
  • Drinking Water Has The Same 4 ppm Chlorine Regulation*
  • Carrots Are Grown Specifically For Baby Carrots / Mini Peeled Carrots*

* Anything marked with this is information confirmed and derived from a response from Earthbound Farm which is listed below in their response. Some of the items could be different according to the company but we can confirm it is the case with Earthbound Farm.

I looked more into the USDA’s regulation surrounding the use of chlorine for cleaning, disinfecting and it’s use on organic products. A document I found dated May 6th, 2011 called National Organic Program Notice to Stakeholders and Interested Parties with a subject of: “Issuance of Final Guidance and Response to Comments” states some pretty specific things about using chlorine on organic products and the limits allowed.

Under a section called changes requested but not made listed as item number two it states:

“Free Chlorine Materials Should Never Exceed 4 ppm when in Contact with Organic Products. One certification agency disagreed with the interpretation that chlorine levels higher than those permitted by the Safe Drinking Water Act (generally 4 parts per million (ppm) for free chlorine) should be allowed in direct contact with organic products. The commenter suggested that peracetic acid is an available alternative to chlorine with less concern for human health and negative environmental impact. We acknowledge this concern, but this guidance followed the advice of the NOSB recommended a final rinse with potable water as a measure to protect consumers from excessive levels of chlorine in organic products. New developments in food safety techniques and materials may merit further review by the NOSB, and members of the public may wish to petition NOSB for a change in status of chlorine products in the future.”

What is the NOSB? The NOSB is the National Organic Standards Board. They are comprised of the following:

Membership. Appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, the NOSB is a Federal Advisory Committee comprised of the following members of the organic community:
  • Four farmers/growers
  • Three environmentalists/resource conservationists
  • Three consumer/public interest advocates
  • Two handlers/processors
  • One retailer
  • One scientist (toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry)
  • One USDA accredited certifying agent

It seems that if you’re unhappy as a consumer about baby carrots / mini peeled carrots being treated with chlorine beyond potentially safe levels that you that USDA recommends that you petition the National Organic Standards Board for change. If this is important to you, it’s up to you to make a difference and make your case for change!

I did reach out to Earthbound Farm with a list of questions in hopes that they would answer. I’m still waiting to see if they answer and if they do, I’ll definitely post their answers to my specific questions. For the record, here is the email I sent to Earthbound Farms:

“Hi Earthbound Farms!

My wife and I are purchasers of your product. We get your baby carrots from Costco and love them because it reduces our prep time. I saw the Facebook rumor passing around about the baby carrots being soaked in chlorine. I was happy to see you answered the question on your Facebook wall from a customer.

I’m currently doing a news story on the topic for z6mag.com and wanted to know if you have anything else to add, besides the official statement you have used for the last few years.

I also wanted to see if you have any video of your baby carrot processing to help people understand the process more instead of the “hype” that seems to be built into the Facebook message. Do you have any statement or statistics on the amount of chlorine used in the rinse process or how much remains on or in a mini carrot that is consumed?

Are the carrots soaked in the chlorine solution, or are they rinsed? Are the carrots discarded & unusable large carrots or are they specifically grown for the mini peeled carrot process? Does Earthbound feel that the white look of the carrots is from chlorine or that typical of any carrot after it has dried out a bit?

We would love to get any help putting together this news piece to make sure that people are not set with misconceptions about this. I have to be honest, I feel that we are probably coming into contact with more chlorine by going to the public pool or maybe even drinking our own tap water.

Any help with the facts would be appreciated!

Sincerely a customer,
Joel Mackey
joelmackey@gmail.com
Executive Editor at z6mag.com”

I’m pleased to let you know that we did hear back from Earthbound Farms this morning around 11:34am. I’m really pleased with the response from Samantha at Earthbound because she’s extremely, frank, courteous and very informative. I definitely don’t want to paraphrase the information given to me from Samantha at Earthbound Farm as I feel they have the right to have their opinion heard considering the viral messages going around. I have added some bolding to the type font to highlight important parts. The message I received from Samantha today is posted below in it’s entirety, a partial screenshot is also below:

Earthbound Farm Response On Mini Peeled Carrots

From: Earthbound Farm

“Hi, Joel.

Just saw your post on z6mag.com and so I checked this message box. I don’t have any video of the baby carrot processing, but I’ve watched it myself. The carrots are not soaked in the wash water and I wouldn’t call it a chlorine solution because it’s by far and away primarily water — even though it’s accurate to say it’s a solution, I think it creates the wrong impression.

I haven’t timed the wash/rinse, but it’s probably a minute or less. According to the organic standards, residual chlorine must be no more than 4 parts per million, which is the same allowance as drinking water in the US.

The chlorine is an important, if small, part of the process to help mitigate any harmful bacteria that might come in on the carrots. Remember, they are grown in the soil and, for the most part, these mini-peeled carrots are eaten right out of the bag so there would be no cooking to deal with those issues.

Certainly, we’d like to use something other than chlorine as our sanitizer (and we are working on a few research projects with citrus-based sanitizers), but to date, we have yet to find another that is as effective in low concentrations as chlorine.

The carrots are grown specifically for this process and are a variety with very little central core — not rejects or discards (otherwise they wouldn’t be so sweet).

As many people smarter than I am have written, the white on the carrots has nothing to do with the chlorine and everything to do with the peeling process and then drying out. And I would add that if people are still uncomfortable with the concept, then I would encourage them to choose regular unpeeled table carrots, which we also produce in abundance. They are less expensive, but less convenient since you’d have to wash (please!), peel (or not) and cut up to have the nice, snack sized pieces that you get in a bag of mini-peeled carrots.

And at Earthbound Farm, we’ve always called them mini-peeled carrots as opposed to baby carrots. It’s just a more accurate description of what they are.

Thanks, Joel. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Samantha”

I wanted to make sure that drinking water is in fact at 4 ppm as Samantha said. I trust her as she’s very informative, just want to make sure we’re all going by the facts here. The acceptable amount by the EPA is listed on an article that discusses drinking water regulations for disinfectants. The EPA calls this limit the maximum residual disinfectant level (MRDL) which is listed at the following level for Chlorine:

EPA Drinking Water Chlorine Limits

So there you have it, hopefully we’ll get more detailed answers to things like how much chlorine is used in the process and if it is completely rinsed off before the carrots even get to your store. I have to think that If you go to the public pool you are most likely coming into contact with more chlorine than from the cleaning process of these baby carrots. It seems this isn’t a baby carrot chlorine conspiracy, hoax or whatever you want to call it, but is something to keep you safe and make your life easier. It has also been stated by other people that most of the vegetable industry cleans their produce with a chlorine wash to keep things from rotting as fast and kill bacteria to keep you safe.

What questions do you have about the mini peeled carrots and chlorine?

Do you think it’s acceptable that something sold as organic is bathed in chlorine water, do you think that’s safe?
We’d love to hear from you and would love post any comments you have about this matter.

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  1. Richmond

    January 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I use to work for Golden Dairy which bottles most the water you find on your shelves. Technically it is all what they claim they are Mountain Spring or Glacier ext. I will give you one example on how they get away with this.lie. They go-to a hydrant and they have some type of meter that tells the Gallons they spend very little for many truck loads from the towns. They have this large hill with rocks running into I guess it would be a colvert or a grate at the bottom with a well. They repump it out and back into the tanker. They send it to Gold dairy where they get the orders from the warehouses like affiliated, Quality, and Mcclain ext. they run a load through the ozone machine which I really hated. You can smell it soon as you open your bottles. It electrifies the water the same way as if lightning hits it. It then gets poured into the bottles are gallons with no label then depending on the order they label it with whatever label they want. Then box it up. That Alpine water is no different than the cost cutter brands. They are all the same. What will really make you angry is that when you get it it is marked up from 90% or more . I could by the most expensive brand by the gallons for 10 cents A gallon.you will pay the going rate.of what it is selling for at the time. Again it is a big scam your better off just getting your own tap water if you have a tax exempt number you can buy it through them direct at a way much cheaper price.

    • Richmond

      January 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      The way they get away with it is, all water use to be glacial and the process of the way it travels they can call it anything they want because where it goes. They have been to court over this and won their argument.

  2. diana

    January 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    if drinking water was that unsafe they wouldnt allow the public to drink it. Seriously 7/10 bottled waters have been proven to be either tap water or very close to it. Many are not distilled or filter at all Oprah did a huge special on this a couple years ago with Dr. Oz.

    • kenman

      January 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I guess you believe it because Oprah did a special on it?

  3. eduardo

    January 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    First question is why is it that we do not have time to peel and cut a few carrots for juicing or for dipping? Second. What in this world is more important than the food we eat? (the air we inhale and the water we drink). Third. Why would anybody knowingly ingest very minuscule amounts of carcinogenic chlorine, even when declared safe by an institution known to serve industry, which will then be added to the dozens of man made toxins we already have accumulated in our bodies (from the time we were fetuses)?
    http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/execsumm.php

    And there is more, much more.
    eduardo

    • Dena

      February 9, 2016 at 12:36 am

      When you consider the very real risk of e-Coli outbreak from eating untreated raw vegetables, I think the less than 4 parts per million that is rinsed off after they are treated is the better alternative.

      When you consider that they are rinsed off after they are rinsed in the barely chlorinated water, Most people are getting a lot more than that in their drinking water.

  4. Lisa

    January 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I feel a LOT better about this after seeing the facts and knowing that the chlorine is the same amount as tap water. Thanks!

    • Dan Richards

      January 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Lisa you should know that drinking water is NOT safe. You should be filtering your drinking water. It has contaminants, high amounts of metals and other dangerous chemicals in it. You’re lucky you don’t live in Africa but it still is not safe.

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William Rick Singer’s Three Easy Ways To Get Into Great Universities; The College Admission Scheme

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The college admission scheme of William Rick SInger


The wealthy continue to define the line between them and the less fortunate because, apparently, even the most selective universities in the country can be bought—one way or the other.

Both parents and students alike are enraged after the turn of events involving 46 people on the most prominent college admissions cheating scheme in the country.

Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches from elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents.

These wealthy parents are not sparing a penny to get their children to good universities, as a report says that the elaborate scheme amounted to around $25 million. 

“This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children. This is a case where parents flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system, so they can set their children up for success with the best education money can buy, literally,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge, at a press conference.

Dubbed as the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues,” the college admissions scheme worked in two ways. 

At the center of it all was William Rick Singer, founder of Edge College & Career Network a for-profit college prepper. Mr. Singer is also known as “The Key.”

Singer’s elaborate scam, allegedly, only needed three ways to get the undeserving rich into great universities. 

The first is through cheating. 

Getting high scores on standardized SAT and ACT examinations are one of the sure ways of sealing a spot at admission even in the most selective universities. 

In the case of Singer’s clients, he was the one ensuring the candidates get high scores. Parents would be advised to let their children take the examination on a given date so another person, who’s a lot smarter, can take the test for them. In some cases, the children’s answer sheets would be replaced with ones that have higher results. 

In instances that the student cannot take the exam themselves, one merely need to submit a sample of her penmanship. This was to guide the person taking the exam for them to doctor their penmanship well.

Academy Award nominee, Felicity Huffman had Singer’s people arrange her daughter’s exam, which gained a significant 400 points higher than her practice exam the previous year only for $15,000.

Huffman allegedly wanted to do the same for her younger daughter but decided to back away.

How did they get away with this? By bribing the proctors.

Bribes function a lot in Singer’s admissions scheme. Like in the case of the third way, students get into prestigious universities.

Students pretend to be athletes. 

If students’ SAT and ACT scores won’t help them make the cut, Singer turns average students into competitive athletes. 

Some practices even went great lengths to the extent of photoshopping their children’s photos into stock photos of athletes to make it seem more realistic. 

Singer would bribe university coaches to let Singer’s clients in the university by making a play that they are athletes that the university can benefit from.

However, coaches didn’t have the power to admit students, but they did have the capability to recommend students. So they did with the right push, and it’s not a student’s talents or skills.

This was the case with Lori Loughlin’s two daughters.

Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to participate in the University of Southern California’s Crew team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.

All of these were transacted through Singer’s nonprofit, Key Worldwide Foundation—a charity that supposedly functions as an educational prepper for underprivileged children who wants to get into colleges and universities.

Parents would easily siphon their payments, without tax, for Singer’s services by giving a hefty donation for the underserved kids in the foundation.

This crooked system has been going on since 2011 and may have produced graduates from prestigious universities during that time. This may not be the only system of college admission schemes, but let this sensationalized conspiracy serve as a warning to whoever wishes to cheat their way through life.

The arrest and the case made against the cheating, lying and the rich who try to curb their future through unjust and unlawful means is a reminder the hard work pays off, and not everything can be bought.

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Open Field Program Reawakens Black Academia In Chester County, South Carolina

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Black Academia Reawakens In Chester County, South Carolina

Brainerd Institute in Chester, South Carolina was the first and only school in the county for freed slaves and their children and was one of the largest and oldest institutions for Black students in the United States. It closed in 1939 and was up for sale. Actress Phylicia Rashad, daughter of a Brainerd’s alumni, purchased what remained of Brainerd Institute- Kulmer Hall.

Brainerd Institute started in 1866 as a school for freedman and was later named when Rev. Samuel Loomis established churches and schools among blacks near Chester on the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church’s order. Started as an elementary school, Brainerd soon expanded to ten grades by 1913 and was a four-year-high-school in the 1930s. When high school admission began to decline, it became Brainerd Junior College.

Public education later expanded in South Carolina, so opportunities for black student admission increased. The shift convinced the Presbyterian Church that Brainerd was no longer a necessity to the community. Reduction of entries and limited funds forced Brainerd to close in 1939.

With only Kulmer Hall as the only remaining building in the state, the property was up for sale. In the late 1990s, a local group was interested in preserving the school. Actress Phylicia Rashad and her sister, dancer Debbie Allen answered the call for support. They bought the only remaining building left of Brainerd in honor of their mother, Vivian Ayers Allen.

Not only Ayers Allen is an alumna of Brainerd’s final graduating class of 1939, but both of her parents were from Brainerd Institute as well. Allen grew up across the street from the school. On numerous occasions, she would bring her daughters to her childhood neighborhood, where they would spend their evenings dancing on the campus grounds. It’s no doubt why Brainerd Institute is very close to the family’s heart.

When Ayers Allen learned that her Alma Mater was on sale and could be redeveloped into apartment complexes, she felt like “someone has to do something.” And so her daughters, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen bought the remaining Kumler Hall and had both hosted fundraising events for the restoration of the hall.

While Kumler Hall is currently under reconstruction, Ayers Allen and her daughters are using the campus’ green spaces for the Open Field Program. The program was first launched in Houston until it was brought to Brainerd. It started in 2017 as the first summer literacy workshop, held on the school’s fields and will continue in summer 2018. The program allows preschoolers to explore its interactive curriculum. Moreover, it offers lessons, workshops, and guest speakers that make students feel more like they are at camp than at school.

Ayers Allen and her daughters are committed to restoring Chester’s tradition of providing education to those in need. The three women will continue to restore Kumler Hall so someday, the Open Fields will become a year-long program that preserves and shares Brainerd Institute’s academic, artistic, and cultural contributions within the community.

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Grammar Schools Are Disproportionately Benefiting From Condition Improvement Fund

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UK Government Is Using Fund For School Repairs For Grammar Schools Expansion

The main priority for Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) of the United Kingdom is to address significant requirements of schools by building compliance, improving poor building condition, and expanding existing facilities or floor spaces. However, Comprehensive Future discovered that grammar schools are disproportionately benefiting from CIF.

The fund is a government incentive that provides funding for specific improvements of schools and academies that has a significant impact on pupils’ progress. Applicants can apply for funding through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) via an online portal.

Three main criteria are used by the government to specify whether a school should receive funding. First is the project need, where schools are assessed to determine the bulk of the funding. Second, project planning, where applicants need to show that the risks are understood and the solutions are attainable. The last test is the value of money; there will be an assessment of the breakdown of costs to see if they meet the demands of work.

In 2016, it has been reported that twenty grammar schools are given financial resources to construct new buildings, while only nineteen comprehensive schools are funded. Later in 2017, there were eight projects for grammar school classroom expansion, while only seven projects for comprehensive schools were approved. There are only 163 grammar schools and more than 3,200 comprehensive schools in the country.

Last year, applicants for CIF were more than 3,800 schools, but there are only 1435 of these applicants successfully received funding. Melissa Benn, chair of Comprehensive Future, reported that many of the 2,200 projects that got turned down last year are with a clear and urgent need for essential repair and renovation. Benn said that the government had funded grammar schools millions for building new science blocks, sports halls, and sixth form centers.

Given the fact that there are only 163 grammar schools in the country, Benn said that “it makes no sense” that the government is approving more projects in grammar schools than comprehensive schools.

Benn said that the way the government has used CIF is “secretive and undemocratic.” She aforementioned that they are aware of the government’s plans of funding grammar schools £50 million for further expansion, but based from the results of the CIF; it appears that the government has been using the fund for similar means.

“The Conservative government’s obsession with grammar schools, despite the now overwhelming evidence that selective schools damage the education of most children and add no real benefit even to those who go to them, suggests that they care more about the minority of children who pass the 11-plus than the majority attending comprehensive schools,” Benn concluded.

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