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Missouri | August 3, 2021

Public schools must shape kids who love America and our founding

Missouri | August 3, 2021

Parents know something is wrong. It’s why they are showing up in droves at school-board meetings across the nation. They are sending a message. They don’t want their children taught that the true founding of America came in 1619, or that America is a systemically racist place, or that most Americans are ­oppressors. They don’t want their children taught lies. And they are right.

Sometimes, these lies go by the name “critical race theory,” a pet project of the left that ­began, as many bad ideas do, in the academy and has spread in recent years across corporate America and into school curricula. Sometimes the lies are called “anti-racism.”

Whatever the label, the central principles are the same. These doctrines teach that American society is structurally oppressive, that our culture is shot through with racism and other forms of bigotry, and that most Americans are complicit in racial oppression, knowingly or not.

The radical claims of critical race theory have become an ­article of faith for many on the left, but they bear little resemblance to our actual history.

Let’s be clear. This isn’t a ­nation of oppressors. This is a nation of liberators. This is the country founded on the worth and dignity of every individual. This is the country that gave working people the right to vote. This is the country that freed the slaves. This is the ­nation that has brought more good to the planet than any other people in history.

And it is time we defend that being taught in school. Critical race theory in any guise is a toxin. It poisons the bloodstream of our national life and drives Americans further apart. Sometimes, it seems that this is just what its advocates want: ­division, anger, hatred. But that isn’t what America needs. America needs the truth, ­because it’s the truth about our history and our purpose that unites us as a nation. .. (Excerpts from the New York Post)

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Tennessee | August 3, 2021

Tennessee May Need Special Session to Deal With School-Related COVID-19 Matters, Speaker Cameron Sexton Says

Tennessee | August 3, 2021

Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) said Monday that it’s time for students to put their virtual learning behind and walk back into their classrooms — without a COVID-19 mask mandate.

And Sexton also said he and other state legislators have a plan to restrain public school district officials who think otherwise.

Sexton announced the news at a press conference at the Tennessee State Capitol.

This, after new data revealed falling test scores.

“What this does show is that we must continue to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also it really does emphasize that students need and must be in in-person learning in the classrooms. I sure hope that a school system in this state, after this data is released, does not shut their schools,” Sexton said.

“If they do then I will ask the governor for legislation to allow those parents in those school districts to take their money through school choice and to go wherever they deem they need to go. There needs to be a message to these school systems that it is unacceptable to close school systems in our state anymore.”

Sexton also said parents alone should decide whether their children will wear masks in schools.

“I sure hope that school systems do not require a mask mandate for those students. If they do then I will ask the governor for a special session. If they close the schools then I will ask the governor for a special session,” Sexton said… (Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Virginia | August 2, 2021

Category: National University Refuses to Rehire Math Professor Who Criticized Slavery Reparations

Virginia | August 2, 2021

Saint Joseph’s University will not renew its contract with math Professor Gregory Manco despite the fact that a three-month investigation into his Twitter history found he had not violated any campus policies.

Manco has been a non-tenured assistant professor of math at Saint Joseph’s since 2005 and also a volunteer assistant baseball coach, but tweets in February criticizing slavery reparations and racial bias training had prompted the probe even though he used an anonymous account.

He was put on administrative leave during the probe. Its outcome, announced in May, determined Manco could not be found guilty of violating any policies, citing “insufficient evidence.”

Saint Joseph’s University told The College Fix that the decision not to renew Manco’s contract was transactional and based on the needs of the university.

“The University evaluates academic staffing needs each year and awards or renews contracts to visiting professors on an as-needed basis,” spokesperson Gail Benner told The College Fix. “A non-renewal does not affect an individual’s eligibility for future employment opportunities with the University.”

While the investigation was underway, a petition supporting Manco “from cancel culture” had garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

Manco, for his part, told The College Fix this week that he is talking to his lawyer and hopes to appeal the decision and continue teaching at Saint Joseph’s.

“I never should have been investigated for my contractually protected extramural speech,” he and, “I surely should not have been pulled out of the classroom for 11 weeks on top of it.”

Manco said he worries that the dispute will harm his professional reputation and remains convinced the decision was politically motivated…. (Excerpts from Virginia Star)

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Virginia | July 28, 2021

Youngkin: Virginia Kids Need To Be In Classrooms With No Masks

Virginia | July 28, 2021

The covid-19 pandemic has been a clarifying era in modern American politics. We have learned the absolute power Democrat governors will seize and wield against us if given the opportunity.

In California, even the ultra-radical 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Democrat Gavin Newsom had gone to far and acted unconstitutionally by shutting down private schools in the name of the public health emergency he declared and keeps declaring on a daily basis almost a year and a half later.

For that and many other examples of incompetence, belligerence, and outright corruption, Newsom is facing an existential threat to his once-promising political career with a recall effort and special election scheduled for September. …

(Excerpts from Towhall.com)

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Virginia | July 25, 2021

Virginia Republicans raise alarms after radical left, Democrats team up in ‘let them die’ pro-CRT rally

Virginia | July 25, 2021

Republicans at all levels in Virginia are pushing back against left-wing “mob” mentality, cancel culture, violent rhetoric and attempts to normalize radical leftist thought after a pro-critical race theory speaker appeared to wish death upon conservative parents in Fairfax County last week.

Amid dueling rallies for and against CRT last week, a Fairfax County PTA leader was recorded on video suggesting parents who oppose the race-based philosophy should “die” – and county Democratic chair Bryan Graham appears to have been part of the crowd that applauded the line… (Excerpts from Fox News)

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Virginia | July 22, 2021

Advancing HBCU Opportunities

Virginia | July 22, 2021

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have always provided equity, access, and excellence in education, especially for students of color. Despite accounting for only roughly 3% of all four-year colleges and universities, HBCUs produce more than 17% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans. Additionally, HBCUs annually contribute nearly $15 billion to their communities and produce 134,000 jobs.

Virginia is home to five HBCUs, and as a member of the HBCU caucus, I understand the critical nature of empowering HBCUs across the nation.  We must prioritize a national dialogue on the importance of HBCUs to the American workforce and economy, and advance meaningful, bipartisan legislation addressing the concerns of HBCUs.

That is why I signed onto the bipartisan Institutional Grants for New Infrastructure, Technology, and Education for (IGNITE) HBCU Excellence Act. The IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act advances the incredible contributions of HBCUs through support and investment needed to continue their transformational work.

Specifically, the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act provides support for HBCUs to:

  • Utilize public and private investments to renovate, repair, modernize, or construct new campus facilities, including instructional, research, and residential spaces;
  • Preserve buildings with historic significance;
  • Ensure the resilience, safety, and sustainability of campus facilities;
  • Provide access to campus-wide, reliable high-speed broadband to support digital learning and long-term technological capacity;
  • Improving campus facilities to support community-based partnerships that provide students and community members with academic, health, and social services; and
  • Procure equipment and technology to facilitate high-quality research and instruction.

In order to continue to support the success of HBCUs, we must ensure adequate funding, investment, and access to capital through legislation such as the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act. As we rebuild our economy in the aftermath of this pandemic, we must ensure every American has the opportunity to engage in this effort. Historically Black Colleges and Universities will continue to play an essential role in rebuilding our economy, and I am proud to support this legislation that will set HBCUs up for continued success.

(Excerpts from Congressman Robb Wittman)

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