Free tampons available in schools; districts spend thousands on dispensers

Free feminine hygiene items are being put in school bathrooms for girls across the state after New York mandated it.

Bathrooms will be stocked with tampons and a student won’t need to obtain permission to grab one.

The feminine hygiene products will be available in all bathrooms that serve sixth- to 12th-graders.

“All products shall be provided at no charge to students,” effective July 1, according to the law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the unfunded mandate as part of the 2018 Women’s Agenda for New York that seeks to empower women, close the gender gap in STEM, provide mentoring and ensure access to pads and tampons in public schools.

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