Fox News reported that the Biden administration has made receiving taxpayers’ money for free or reduced school lunches contingent on schools violating the privacy, modesty, and safety of girls and allowing boys to enter their private spaces like restrooms and locker rooms.
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture subsidizes lunches for children from low-income families. In a push to further mainstream “transgenderism” and disregard privacy and safety for girls, however, the federal government is requiring schools that receive these funds to allow boys to use facilities designated for girls. From Fox News:
FNS administers several nutrition-related programs, including WIC and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It also runs the National School Lunch Program, which provides free or low-cost lunches for children and on average fed nearly 30 million kids per day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National School Lunch Program’s free and reduced meals help ensure impoverished students receive necessary nutrition.
The LGBTQ community has historically “faced striking economic and social disparities, such as higher rates of poverty, unemployment and nutrition insecurity,” USDA’s announcement states. Food insufficiency is “three times as common among transgender individuals as compared to cisgender individuals.”
Ian Prior, the executive director for the advocacy group Fight for Schools, told Fox News that the Biden administration essentially is “holding states and local school districts hostage with school lunch money that goes to underprivileged youth in order to pass transgender non-discrimination policies.”
Prior added that the Biden administration is using children as pawns. In fact, one could argue that schools with a majority of black students would be impacted the most. Are black children from low-income families the biggest pawns? Without school choice, children from low-income families are stuck in schools with these perverse experiments going on.
Governor Kristie Noem of South Dakota wrote on Twitter that Biden “is insisting that we allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports or else lose funding for school lunch programs. South Dakota will continue to defend basic fairness so that our girls can compete and achieve. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court.”
The question is, what are Republicans in Congress doing about this?
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