Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led 38 other Republican senators in a letter Thursday to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, calling upon him to withdraw the New York Times’ “1619 Project” from taxpayer-funded grant programs.
McConnell wrote that he and the other senators “express grave concern with the Department’s effort to reorient the bipartisan American History and Civics Education programs … away from their intended purposes toward a politicized and divisive agenda.”
The Republican leader observed that a recent survey found only 51 percent of Americans can name the three branches of federal government, while only 15 percent of America’s eighth-grade students have been found to be proficient in U.S. history.
“This is a time to strengthen the teaching of civics and American history in our schools,” the senators wrote. “Instead, your Proposed Priorities double down on divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda.”
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