@EdLaborGOP Presses Cardona on Critical Race Theory
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2021
Today, Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) led a letter, signed by every Republican Committee Member, to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona voicing strong objection to the Education Department’s proposed priorities on the American History and Civics Education programs. Specifically, the Department’s action would violate prohibitions against the federal government’s involvement in local schools’ curriculum, advance racist and divisive ideologies, and advocate for false history and misinformation.
In the letter, the Members write: "Mr. Secretary, we urge you to withdraw these proposed priorities. They violate prohibitions against federal involvement in curriculum, advocate for a racist and divisive ideology, and promote historically inaccurate and misleading information. Schools should address the abysmal performance of American students in civics and history and we would eagerly work with you on that bipartisan goal." The Members continue: "Any effort from the federal level must respect state and local control of curriculum, be free of ideological bias, and focus on instilling in our students an understanding of, and appreciation for, our nation’s founding principles of equality and unalienable rights."