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I agree with all of this. The strings attached to every federal and many state programs create all kinds of mandates from vaccine and mask mandates, to woke curricula, to supplying lunches for illegal migrants. If the schools would scale back spending, they could say "NO" to the intrusion of strings-attached money.

The government should get out of the education business and the parents should get into it. Government funding and grants impose requirements on local school boards to the point that they often can only rubber stamp the policies of the level above them. (I attend school board meetings and have seen how their hands are tied in many cases.)

Just one example is the stranglehold the USDA policies have on the school lunch programs (I've removed the name of the school here). Notice the woke language in the notice below, which appeared in a local newspaper:

XX School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children, ages 1-18, without charge for the Programs and all activities are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, or age and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

Sources & Details:

Summer Food Services Program (USDA):

Overview: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program

Fact Sheet: https://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-101-sfsp

NOTE: The Highwire recently did an expose on the school lunch program, and it wasn't pretty: https://thehighwire.com/ark-videos/deadly-toxins-found-in-fast-food/

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