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06/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2021 12:43

Rep. Buck and Rep. Allen Reintroduce Bill to Defund 1619 Project Curriculum

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.) reintroduced the Saving American History Act, legislation that would ban federal funds from being used to teach the 1619 Project in K-12 schools or school districts. Sen. Cotton reintroduced companion legislation in the Senate.

'Critical Race Theory is dangerous, anti-American, and has no place in our nation's schools,' said Rep. Buck. 'School curriculum plays a critical role in a child's development and greatly influences the type of adult they will become. Children shouldn't be taught that they will be treated differently or will be racist because of their skin color.'

'The 1619 Project aims to indoctrinate our students into believing that America is an evil country, and there is no room for that in our classrooms,' said Rep. Allen. 'We must teach our young folks to learn from our nation's past in order to form a more perfect union. Teaching revisionist history and promoting divisive ideology will not move our nation forward. This legislation will ensure federal dollars are used to provide our children with historically accurate curriculum.'

'Activists in schools want to teach our kids to hate America and hate each other using discredited, Critical Race Theory curricula like the 1619 Project. Federal funds should not pay for activists to masquerade as teachers and indoctrinate our youth,' said Sen. Cotton.

Background:

  • The Biden Administration proposed a rule to promote education programs that teach revisionist history, including the 1619 Project, despite multiple prominent historians pointing out numerous factual inaccuracies in the curriculum.
  • This legislation was first introduced during the 116th Congress and would not impact federal funds to assist low-income or special-needs students.
  • The 1619 Project is a revisionist history project of the New York Times widely criticized by historians.
  • Despite major criticism of the project, schools around the country have begun incorporating the 1619 Project into their curricula. So far, schools or school districts in Chicago; Newark, N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. have all reportedly announced 1619 Project-related programs.

H.R. 3810 bill text is linked here.

Original co-sponsors include: Reps. Thomas Tiffany (Wis.), Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Bob Good (Va.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Debbie Lesko (Ariz.), Chip Roy (Texas), Scott Perry (Pa.), Ted Budd (N.C.), Dan Bishop (N.C.), Tom Rice (S.C.), and Greg Steube (Fla.).

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