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District of Columbia | July 16, 2021

Trump Appointees Sue Over Presidential Commissions Withheld by Biden Administration

District of Columbia | July 16, 2021

Two appointees from the waning days of the Trump administration are suing the U.S. Department of Education for refusing to deliver their signed presidential commissions, citing the seminal 218-year-old Supreme Court precedent that created judicial review.

The 18-page legal complaint in the case, known as Hanke v. Cardona, was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 15. Miguel Cardona is secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The lawsuit was filed by Sacramento, California-based Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a national public interest law firm.

One plaintiff is Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The other plaintiff is John Yoo, the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. In December 2020, then-President Donald Trump signed both of their commissions for the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES)—an independent board that advises officials within the department on research and funding priorities…

(Excerpt from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 9, 2021

Overwhelming majority of US voters support teaching ‘traditional values’ of Western civilization in schools

District of Columbia | July 9, 2021

More than three-quarters of likely U.S. voters believe it’s important for schools to teach “traditional values” associated with Western civilization, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

Rasmussen noted that 78% of likely U.S. voters believe that it’s, at the least, “somewhat important” for schools to “teach the traditional values of Western civilization,” including 52% that list it as “very important,” the polling organization said Thursday.

By contrast, 14% of respondents said they didn’t believe it was important to teach traditional Western civilization values, while 4% said it was “not at all important.”

There was some political party difference as well, as Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say that it was important (86% versus 73%) and more likely to say it was “very important” (66% versus 42%)….

(Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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Arkansas, District of Columbia | June 18, 2021

A Parent-Led Rebellion Against Critical Race Theory Is Storming School Boards Across The Country

Arkansas, District of Columbia | June 18, 2021
  • A parent-led rebellion against Critical Race Theory is storming school boards across the country and demanding accountability for what is being taught to American children.
  • At least 165 local and national groups have formed to combat Critical Race Theory (CRT) instruction in schools across the U.S., an NBC analysis found.
  • Many of these groups were founded by parents appalled to discover what was being taught to their children. Their advocacy has launched small town CRT debates onto the national stage, prompted anti-CRT legislation from Republican lawmakers and more.

A parent-led rebellion against Critical Race Theory is storming school boards across the country and demanding accountability for what is being taught to American children.

At least 165 local and national groups have formed to combat Critical Race Theory (CRT) instruction in schools across the U.S., an NBC analysis found. Many of these groups were founded by parents appalled to discover what was being taught to their children. Their advocacy has launched small town CRT debates onto the national stage, spurring far-left activists and establishment media outlets to accuse conservatives of ignorance and in some cases, racism…

(Excerpts from the Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia | May 26, 2021

1776 Commission Urges States: Oppose Biden Funding for ‘Teaching of Racial Discrimination’ in K-12

District of Columbia | May 26, 2021

Disbanded Trump administration group says federal government trying to circumvent Constitution’s reservation of power over education to states and localities.

Trump administration commission tasked with promoting “patriotic education” is calling on the Biden administration to withdraw a proposal to fund history and civics programs informed by critical race theory (CRT).

The 1776 Commission met in D.C. Monday despite being disbanded by President Biden on his first day in office. It published its final report just two days before the presidential transfer of power.

The proposed federal rule would prioritize funding for history and civics curricula that consider “systemic marginalization, biases, inequities, and discriminatory policy and practice in American history” and incorporate “racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives.” It favorably cites Boston University professor Ibram Kendi, the foremost popularizer of “anti-racism,” and the New York Times’ 1619 Project…

(Excerpts from Just the News and the Virginia Star)

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District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

The 1776 Commission: An Update

District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

On May 24, 2021, The 1776 Commission met at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C., campus to discuss civic education curricula, state civic education reform efforts, pending federal legislation and executive actions, and future activity of the Commission. Following the meeting, Dr. Matthew Spalding, executive director of The 1776 Commission, Dr. Larry Arnn, chairman of The 1776 Commission, and Dr. Carol Swain, vice chairman of The 1776 Commission, recorded this update to share with America…

(Excerpts from Real Clear Politics)

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District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

1776 Commission Members Appointed by Donald Trump Reconvene

District of Columbia | May 25, 2021

Despite U.S. President Joe Biden ending the group, members of The 1776 Commission have reconvened, regardless, to carry out a task that commission member Carol Swain said she and other members take seriously.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump appointed the members before he left office.

“We made a decision immediately that we would not disband just because of [Biden’s] executive order [getting rid of it],” Swain told The Tennessee Star Monday.

Swain said she and other commission members met Monday to focus on Biden’s federal directive about teaching history and civics going by Critical Race Theory.

“We believe that education should be in the hands of parents and decided at the local level that one of our recommendations is for parents to organize and run for the school board and be actively involved in selecting curricula for our children,” Swain said.

Swain said that 1776 Commission members never received federal funding.

“The commission itself was announced December 18 and by then Biden was the presumptive nominee,” Swain said.

“The [federal] Department of Education never provided our commission with any funding. We paid for our own airfare [to meet].”..

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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