Lummis denounces 1619 project in schools, supports bill to cut off federal funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Yesterday morning, Senator Lummis joined her Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Saving American History Act. This legislation would prohibit federal funds from being used to teach the 1619 Project curriculum in K-12 schools.

“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” said the Times.

The project focuses to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States. The project has been largely supported by the Democratic Party.

However, Lummis stated that such a curriculum would be a dishonest and inaccurate recollection of the nation’s history.

“Students and teachers should have an open and honest dialogue in the classroom about our nation’s history,” said Senator Lummis.

She also argued that the 1619 Project fosters an anti-American educational environment.

“The 1619 Project is pushing an anti-American agenda and distorted, revisionist history with hard-earned taxpayer dollars. I’m pleased to join my colleagues in opposing this waste of federal money,” Lummis said.

Similarly, when the U.S. Department of Education proposed a critical race theory program for K-12 students across the country last month, Wyoming State Superintendent Jillian Balow stated that educational curriculums should be ruled by a local consensus rather than a national one.

Like Balow, Lummis attributed her disapproval of the program to her belief that the federal government should not determine the programs taught in public schools.

Lummis endorsed the bill alongside Senator Tom Cotton (R- AR), who introduced the Saving American History Act last July, Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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