- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s top public education official says she’s disregarding federal rules that limit unhealthy snacks sold in school fundraisers.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a statement Thursday that the federal Smart Snacks program intrudes on local control. She’s granting schools an exemption, and Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko has introduced a similar bill in the Legislature.

They were prompted into action by the rules they say prohibit schools from holding fundraisers selling snacks, such as snow cones.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last year enacted the health standards aimed at curbing obesity in children and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Officials say each state can still hold a certain number of fundraisers selling snacks that don’t meet nutritional standards.

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