The Biden administration is doing everything in their power to ensure that Americans are brought to heel and kowtow to their “woke” agenda – including starving their school age children.
In order to receive federal (taxpayer) funding for school lunch programs, schools mucst implement instruction on gender identity, gay and transgender issues and take away segregated bathrooms, allowing gender confused students into the bathrooms of those they “identify” with.
The move has caused pushback, however and there have been 22 state attorneys general filing suits against the Biden administration – claiming that the administration does not have the authority to deny funding, as students are protected under existing statutes and the Constitution – plus Congress has already appropriated it.
According to The Epoch Times:
In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice that state and local agencies, program operators, and sponsors receiving funding from the agency’s Food and Nutrition Service must update their policies to include new protections related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The Department’s Memoranda and Final Rule concern highly controversial and localized issues of enormous importance to the States, their subdivisions, affiliates, and citizens. The Department has no power to settle such issues, let alone by executive fiat without providing any opportunity for public comment,” the lawsuit says.
According to the proposed rules, schools and any other group receiving federal funding for meals, must ensure that their policies are not discriminatory against anyone based on their sexual identity or orientation.
There are also stipulations that schools should be investigating any complaints of discrimination – despite that it is already illegal and unconstitutional to discriminate against someone based on those factors.
The Epoch Times notes further:
The USDA issued a fact sheet with examples of what would be considered discrimination.
Under the new directive, schools that require students to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex would be in violation of the policy, as well as schools that prevent biological males from joining girls’ sports teams.
Failing to use a student’s preferred pronouns would also be considered a violation and would warrant an investigation, according to the fact sheet.
According to The Epoch Times, states involved in the lawsuit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Virginia and Utah.
According to the state AGs, the Biden administration violated the rules outlined in the Administrative Procedures Act – referencing one particular section that requires that federal agencies allow public comment when making rule changes that will have a great impact.
Regarding the lawsuit, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita called out the Biden administration in a written statement, lambasting the White House for injecting politics into schools.
“We all know the Biden administration is dead-set on imposing an extreme left-wing agenda on Americans nationwide,” he 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.”
“We are fighting for Hoosier common sense and the rule of law wherever they come under challenge,” Rokita said. “And we will continue doing the work that the people of Indiana elected us to do.”