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August 20, 2022

     A religious academy in Florida will continue to receive the federal funding it uses to provide free meals to 56 low-income students despite the school’s decision to reject the Biden administration’s new LGBTQ-friendly education policies — including government mandates on hiring, restrooms, dress codes and the use of pronouns.  Good!

     According to court documents, Grant Park Christian Academy has been granted an exemption to the new rules by the United States Department of Agriculture.  The exemption comes days after the school sued federal and state officials over the rules, which the school said amounts to a violation of the religious rights of the academy and its staff.  The school receives federal funding under the National School Lunch Program, which subsidizes meals and snacks and is administered in Florida by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat seeking her party’s gubernatorial nomination in the state’s Aug. 23 primary. 

     The school on July 31 sued Ms. Fried, President Biden, Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack and the USDA, along with two Florida agriculture officials, claiming the officials were “punishing low-income children” with a mandate the school could not follow. 

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