The Biden Administration is about to steal the lunch money of millions of students, if school districts don’t allow boys to be girls and girls to be boys.
Last month, 26 attorneys general, including Alaska’s Attorney General Treg Taylor, wrote to President Biden expressing concern over a new interpretation of the gender terms of Title IX, the federal legislation that protects girls and women’s athletics in schools. The Biden Administration has widened the definitions of what it means to be female so that any school that does not adapt to leftist gender ideology will be starved of school lunch funding.
Now, 22 states, including Alaska, are suing the Biden Administration over the demands that schools adopt the leftist transgender policies in order to qualify for assistance through the Department of Agriculture. The lawsuit is being led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rosita and Tennessee AG Herbert H. Slattery III. Lawsuits such as these are generally filed in jurisdictions that have more conservative courts, unlike the West Coast’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We all know the Biden administration is dead-set on imposing an extreme left-wing agenda on Americans nationwide,” Indiana’s Attorney General Rokita said. “But they’ve reached a new level of shamelessness with this ploy of holding up food assistance for low-income kids unless schools do the Left’s bidding.”
The lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Agriculture as defendant, after the department’s Food and Nutrition Services issued guidance to states, announcing that discrimination on the basis of sex in Title IX and the Food and Nutrition Act includes discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That means schools have to let boys compete with girls in girls’ divisions and use girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.
This new guidance has jeopardized states’ Title IX and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) school lunch funding.
In the lawsuit, the states argue the USDA’s guidance is unlawful for several reasons, including that it is based on a misapplication of U.S. Supreme Court precedents.
The Biden administration’s actions will inevitably result in regulatory chaos that threatens essential nutritional services to children from low-income homes, the lawsuit says.
The National School Lunch Program services nearly 30 million schoolchildren each day, many who rely on it for breakfast, lunch, or both. Approximately 100,000 public and non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions receive federal funding to provide subsidized free or reduced-price meals for qualifying children.
Attorney General Rokita recently won a legal battle over neo-gender ideology, when a U.S. district court barred the Biden administration from enforcing federal “guidance” to coerce schools and employers to kowtow to transgender extremism.
The latest lawsuit is linked here.