New York State used funds designated for COVID-19 pandemic relief from the massive American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed into law by Joe Biden in March to promote its government school program of critical race theory instruction.
Joe Biden’s Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona approved New York’s relief funds to indoctrinate students in CRT. He said the state’s actions “lay the groundwork” for the “unprecedented infusion” of federal funds to “build back better.”
Almost $9 billion of federal funding is provided to New York’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) plan. The ESSER plan claims to provide “social-emotional support within a Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education” (CRSE) framework.
ESSER plan documents say that “equity warriors” are promoting school communities that are more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and those priorities have been placed at the “very top” of government school agendas. It also says that CRSE helps government school workers to “create equitable learning environments” that allow students to “connect across lines of difference.” The plan also “elevates historically marginalized voices” and engineers students as social change “agents.”
The CRSE “framework” website of the New York Education Department says that government education is beset by a “complex system of biases and structural inequities” that is “deeply rooted” in American history and culture. According to CRSE, America has conferred advantages based on skin color and background, and the country’s account must be “directly challenged” and “fundamentally transformed.”
The CRSE document promotes “intervention frameworks” that intend to “de-center dominant ideologies and pedagogies” that favor privileged students in more classically complex language.
It goes on to become even more incomprehensible, as government school employees are told they must “practice and develop racial literacy.” Employees are told they must begin with the “inner work of healing” themselves and search for the ability to “support healing” for everyone around them.
The ESSER plan was expressly approved by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). However, neither brought up any part of the plan emphasizing critical race theory and related concepts. Both senators only seemed willing to discuss spending as a means to keeping schools safely open concerning health care issues.