Senator Blackburn Introduces Bill to Defund 1619 Project Curriculum


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.

One of the approved publishers, LearnZillion, offers Expeditionary Learning. In April, Expeditionary Learning published an article on George Floyd with the 1619 Project listed as a resource.

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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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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7 Thoughts to “Senator Blackburn Introduces Bill to Defund 1619 Project Curriculum”

  1. 83ragtop50

    Yawn. Senator Blackburn is all talk and no do with her “Bill of the Week” program.

  2. EdC

    It speaks volumes that a need for such a bill be introduced.

  3. JRin

    When Senator Blackburn could’ve prevented this, she threw President Trump under the bus. Now she introduces legislation which she knows has no chance of passing.

  4. Mark Knofler

    Oh Marsha, at it again with the go nowhere bills. BTW, how was you dinner with Kamala and the other RINO’s ? #VotetheBumsOut!

  5. SadButTrue

    good. it is a load of revisionist sh!t

    no more Marxism!

  6. Nancy

    I wish Marsha would vote to remove never Trumper, RINO/Warmonger Mitch McConnell. Blackburn fails to even ask for McConnell to resign after he attacked Trump, and his Tennessee voters. Marsha is a full time defender of the DC swamp and part time senator for hardworking Tennesseans! Marsha what have you accomplished to help everyday Tennesseans since you have been in Washing DC since 2003? Marsha is a great reason for congressional term limits!

  7. Mike

    Senator Blackburn has sponsored many bills. I can not think of any actually becoming law.