Critics warn that the Civics Secures Democracy Act (CSDA), which is supported by several Republican senators such as Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), could impose left-wing critical race theory on all public schools in the United States. United if adopted.
The bill would empower Biden’s education secretary to make grants to “eligible entities,” including nonprofits, colleges and states, who would then use the money to offer sub-grants to local educational agencies. Cornyn, who was recently booed at the Texas Republican Party convention for his support for gun control and appears to be working on an immigration agenda that would include amnesty, is among the Republicans supporting the bill.
The legislation would to bring $1 billion per year to eligible entities. $585 million would be set aside for state education agencies, while nonprofits would get $200 million, higher education institutions would get $150 million, $50 million would be set aside for researchers and $15 million would be awarded to the Prince Hall Scholarship Program, which aims to “diversify the civics and history workforce.”
The invoice explains that its goals include supporting “local educational agencies, elementary schools, and high schools in selecting and making available to all students innovative and engaging programs and programs” regarding civics and the U.S. government , as well as to “diversify civics, history, and the government education workforce by providing targeted incentives.
Although the bill does not expressly guarantee the creation of a national curriculum, the grant would be made by the education secretary, who previously removed a requirement that grant applicants incorporate elements of the New York Times‘1619 Project and the work of critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi.
Additionally, Biden previously released a Executive Decree which mobilized the federal government in an attempt to advance critical race theory under the guise of “racial equity and support for underserved communities.”
Critics have supported that the legislation will allow the Biden administration to leverage competitive grants to advance an ideological agenda, thereby incentivizing school districts to adopt a leftist curriculum and giving the Biden administration greater control over state and local education systems .
The CDSA won the support of several Republicans, including Corny, who introduced the bill alongside Democratic Senator Chris Coons (DE). Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) also joined both in the introduction of the controversial bill. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) also supports the bill, as does Tom Cole, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma’s 4th congressional district.
The National Association of Scholars is one of the organizations opposing the legislation and has appealed to Cole and Cornyn, urging them to withdraw their support for the bill, arguing that it would allow the Biden administration to advancing critical race theory.
Cornyn’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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