Wyoming superintendent willing to risk losing ~$40M in federal money for school lunches

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s superintendent of public instruction is prepared to say goodbye to about $40 million the state receives from the federal government for school lunches if the alternative is to accept new non-discrimination policies required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services under the administration of President Joe Biden.

Under the new policy, states and local agencies are required to investigate allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in order to receive the money for school lunches. State and local agencies are also required to update their policies to include prohibitions against such discrimination in order to receive money from the Food and Nutrition Service.

Wyoming Superintendent Brian Schroeder said in a press release on Wednesday that the Wyoming Department of Education will not comply with the new non-discrimination policies under the Biden administration.

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