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ATLANTA – First Lady Michelle Obama has drawn a lot of criticism from schools across the country over her "Let's Move!" initiative to mandate healthier school food.

Now she's catching heat from the Marietta City and Cobb County School boards, even the State Board of Education.

They're upset that new Smart Snack law regulations that went into effect July 1 put stricter content limits on snacks that may be sold in public schools.

"We think we should teach children how to make smart decisions and not have the government make the smart decisions for them," Marietta School Board member Jason Waters told 11Alive News on Friday.

His board is about to follow the example of Cobb County's school board that passed a resolution against the new snack restrictions last month.

They argue the healthier content restrictions will severely cut into the tens of thousands of dollars schools make on selling snacks, especially during fundraisers.

"It's all organizations, it's the band, it's the booster club, it's dance, these organizations will be negatively impacted," said Waters.

"Our board and superintendent certainly feel this was a federal overreach," State Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza told 11Alive.

Reacting to the backlash, the State Board of Education voted Friday to exempt all of Georgia's 180 public school systems from part of the new federal snack regulation.

Their vote will allow each public school in the state to have at least 30 fundraisers each year that don't have to comply.

"We're all concerned with the obesity epidemic, we just don't feel that this is how you are gonna solve the problem," Cardoza added.

The new federal snack regulation allows states to create exemptions for their school systems if they wish.

In addition to 30 fundraisers each year, the State School Board also said it will consider even more fundraising exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

The exemptions will not apply to vending machines in schools, only fundraising activities.

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