Biden’s Administrative Rule Could Withhold Federal Education Funding Unless State Enacts LGBT Policies – The North State Journal

President Joe Biden signs an executive order during an event to celebrate Pride Month in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announced May 5 that it will follow the interpretation of Title IX discrimination rules previously set forth by the Biden administration.

“USDA is committed to administering all of its programs with fairness and equity, and to serving those in need with the highest dignity,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. statement. “A key step in promoting these principles is to eradicate discrimination in all its forms – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

In June 2021, President Joe Biden’s Department of Education implemented his precedent Executive Decree by resurrect the Obama administration’s Title IX sexual and gender identity policies by issuing an interpretative notice declaring their intention to apply the Title IX prohibition on sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The USDA statement also states that any entity receiving funds from the Food Nutrition Service (FNS) “must investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The statement goes on to say, “These organizations should also update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Biden administration’s interpretation and USDA’s actions could threaten the National School Lunch program, potentially leading to millions of low-income students going hungry if states don’t comply.

USDA’s announcement of the rule comes at a time when school lunch prices are skyrocketing due to soaring inflation, delivery costs and the costs of some food items rising by up to 40 %, according to the School Nutrition Services Department of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Districts across the state have already hiked meal prices with increases ranging from ten cents to 25 cents. Durham Public School price increases were the largest, from $2.90 to $3.75 per meal; an increase of 85 cents.

To make matters worse, the federal pandemic-related program that extended free meals to all students will expire on June 30. A bill to extend the program has been introduced in the US Senate but has stalled. POLITICS reports that Democrats appear to be trying to tie the meals extension to another COVID spending package that is “an extremely hefty order given the policy’s $11 billion price tag, which would roughly double the size of the package COVID that both sides are haggling.”

The Biden administration’s rule opens the door to forced compliance through the threat of funding cuts for K-12 schools of a number of LGBT-supported policies such as boys on girls’ sports teams, l Use of opposite-sex restrooms and changing rooms, and students receiving federal student loans or Pell and FAFS grants could also be affected.

Under the guidance of former President Barack Obama’s Title IX, not using a student’s preferred pronouns could be considered discrimination. The Biden administration’s interpretation does not appear to differ on this front and will likely reopen the debate over free speech versus forced speech.

Governor Roy Cooper’s office did not respond to the North State Journal’s request for comment on this story.

North Carolina State Superintendent Catherine Truitt called the move, which will impact millions of children, “morally wrong.”

“Biden’s reckless spending has produced the highest inflation since Jimmy Carter. It hurts all American families and literally takes food off the dinner table,” Truitt said in response to a North State Journal request for comment. “It is morally wrong for the administration to use a child as a pawn in its culture wars.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, both Republicans, are already pushing back against Biden’s Title IX move according to statements made to the Free Washington Beacon.

“We will not allow Biden to force Floridians to choose between child food and parental rights,” DeSantis publicist Christina Pushaw told the Washington Free Beacon. “This is the kind of ‘decision’ that a totalitarian regime would impose on its citizens.”

Noem told the Free Beacon that his state would take legal action and that “Joe Biden threatened to take the school lunch money from the kids to continue his radical agenda. It targets states like ours that make it clear that biological men have NO place in girls’ bathrooms and sports. If you act on it, Joe, we’ll see you in court and we’ll win.

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