Coming up…EXCLUSIVE: Crisis in the Classroom and in the Lunchroom

Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Randi Weingarten & Jamie Oliver

ByABC News
August 25, 2010, 5:32 PM

August 25, 2010— -- Sunday, "This Week" anchor Christiane Amanpour takes a special look at reform efforts in the classroom and the lunchroom – changing how kids learn and the foods that fuel that learning.

For many of the students returning to school this month, the cards are stacked against them. 25% will drop out. 2,000 of the public schools they attend are so-called dropout factories, losing more students than they graduate. And it's hurting America's global competitiveness. The U.S. ranks 21st out of 30 in science proficiency among developed nations and 25th in math. Are we at risk of losing a generation of American children?

In an exclusive forum, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee come to "This Week." Voices from the front lines of school reform debate the best way to fix our schools.

Then, he transformed what school children eat in the U.K. and now he's bringing his food revolution to "This Week." Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef and nutrition activist, Jamie Oliver talks to Christiane about fighting the obesity epidemic in America's schools. Can England's approach to changing what kids eat work in the U.S.? As obesity in children reaches record levels, health conditions such as diabetes, kidney problems and even heart disease are being seen in children at alarming rates. The annual healthcare costs of obesity in America could soon exceed $300 billion. It's even impacting national security, as obesity is hurting military recruiting – leaving some in the Pentagon wondering if American kids are too fat to fight. Jamie Oliver takes his fight to America's kitchens and cafeterias, only on "This Week."

Plus our roundtable with George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and Susie Gharib of PBS' Nightly Business Report look at the end of the U. S. combat mission in Iraq. They'll also discuss the state of the Gulf coast five years after Katrina. And terrible housing numbers usher in another bad week of economic news. Has the Administration run out of options to turn the economy around? That, plus primary politics, Sunday on "This Week."

You won't want to miss it.

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