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McDonald’s Mondays, Wall Street bailout of student Metrocards, and a UFT contract for Apple

We asked Twitter followers to submit headlines for April Fool’s Day. One reader suggested “UFT unveils iPad contract.” Another wrote, “Wall Street announces plan to fund student Metrocards w/ bonuses, stating, ‘This is our first step to repayment.'”

And now the Department of Education’s press office has turned in its contribution:

CHANCELLOR KLEIN AND RONALD MCDONALD ANNOUNCE NEW CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES

McDonald’s and TGI Friday’s Among Corporate Titans Participating in New Sponsorship Initiative

Megadeals Will Help Close Department’s Projected $1.2 Billion Budget Shortfall

Fast Food Companies To Modify Recipes To Meet Department’s Strict Food Guidelines

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today announced that food icons McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and TGI Friday’s are teaming up with the Department of Education to sponsor school lunches. Beginning Monday, April 12, all City public schools will take part in a bold new weekly schoolfood initiative composed of McDonald’s Mondays, Taco Bell Tuesdays, Wendy’s Wednesdays, Kentucky Fried Thursdays, and TGI Fridays. The fast food giants are creating recipes especially for the City’s public schools that will meet the Department’s strict food and snack guidelines and serving sizes. For example, a serving of McDonald’s famous french fries will include four fries for a total of 39 calories, well within the Department’s 200 calories per serving limit. Wendy’s new accountability burger will feature a square-shaped vegetable patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and specially adapted reduced-in-sodium (ARIS) sauce. Chancellor Klein announced the new partnership today at the food court at the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 and was joined by Ronald McDonald, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, and Wendy.

“I am enormously proud to partner with these industry giants to bring delicious and healthful food, not to mention hundreds of millions of dollars that our students richly deserve, into our schools,” Chancellor Klein said. “McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and TGI Friday’s offer the perfect parings to the Pop-Tarts, Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, and Linden’s Fudge Chip Cookies that are already available in school vending machines. ”

“We are so happy that Happy Meals will now be a Monday mainstay in City public school cafeterias,” Mr. McDonald said. “French fries and chicken nuggets are first-rate fuel to keep kids alert and focused for afternoon classes.”

“Wendy’s is proud to be a part of this new initiative,” Wendy said. “Now, every Wednesday, children across New York City will be able to enjoy a Wendy’s-lover treat: dipping their baked fries into Frostys made of one-percent milk.”

The new partnerships are expected to bring in more than $500 million for the Department of Education, which will be used to help close the $1.2 billion gap the Department is facing for the 2010-2011 school year. In the interest of saving critical resources, the Department has agreed to share its space in the new Tweed Campus with two small food companies, Tasti-D-Lite and Magnolia Bakery, pending approval by the Panel for Educational Policy.

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