FL Governor Ron DeSantis (R) reacted to the decision of the Biden administration to withhold lunch funds from schools that do not comply with his LGBT agenda.
“In Florida, we are fighting against Biden’s intentionally destructive policies like denying school lunches for states that refuse to implement woke gender ideology in the schools,” DeSantis said in a Twitter post.
“We’re prepared for what Biden throws our way”: DeSantis
“Give me a break!” said DeSantis in a video along with his Sunday release, adding that Biden is “totally off his rocker to be doing that.”
“We’re prepared for what Biden throws our way,” DeSantis said. “We’re just prepared to be able to defend the taxpayers and the hard-working people in the state of Florida, and I couldn’t be prouder for doing that,” he added.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announced in May that it will prevent low-income students from participating in its National School Lunch Program if their public school does not adopt the administration’s interpretation of Title IX.
Title IX holds that the federal Civil Rights Act’s provision against discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity designations.
The free and reduced-price meal program, which ensures low-income students receive needed nutrition, has provided lunches to more than 30 million students nationwide since 2016, according to government figures.
The Republican governor signed legislation on March 28 that prohibits public schools from teaching sexual topics, such as gender identity or sexual orientation, to children in kindergarten through third grade.
DeSantis is not the only Republican governor against leveraging school lunch programs to promote gender ideology.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced June 2 that she intends to sue the Biden administration over the overhaul of the federal program.
“Joe Biden has threatened to take away children’s school lunch money to pursue his radical agenda,” Noem said.
“He’s targeting states like ours that make it clear biological men do NOT belong in girls’ bathrooms and sports. If you act on this, Joe, we’ll see you in court and we will win,” she said.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, only K-12 Christian schools could ask for a religious exemption to not abide by the rule; however, public and non-religious private schools are required to follow the new rules if they don’t want to lose funding.