This week, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) assisted in the introduction of a bill to prohibit federal funding for schools using the 1619 Project as curriculum. The Saving American History Act also notes that federal funds couldn’t be used by school boards and other local educational agencies to support the teaching of the 1619 Project.
The act explained that the respective secretaries of Education, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Defense, and Interior would determine the cost of teaching the 1619 Project – including planning and teaching time. This determination would come from pre-established formulas. No reductions would affect the free and reduced price school lunch program, or any low-income student programs, or students with disabilities.
“American schools should be a place for education – not indoctrination,” stated Blackburn. “The 1619 Project is based on a false narrative and a stack of untruths and misrepresentations about our country. This state-sponsored, anti-American propaganda must be kept out of the classroom. The Saving American History Act ensures that taxpayer funding will not subsidize the brainwashing of our nation’s future.”
Certain resources approved by the Tennessee Textbook Commission have expressed support of the 1619 Project.
Blackburn introduced the act alongside Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK), John Boozman (R-AK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). In the House, Representatives Ken Buck (R-CO-04) and Rick Allen (R-GA-12) introduced companion legislation.
The Tennessee Star inquired with Blackburn’s office whether this legislation would impact the use of supplemental curriculum – something that may not require federal funding. They didn’t respond by press time.
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