Republican Sen. Tom Cotton has introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to teach the 1619 Project in public schools.
The 1619 Project is a highly controversial set of essays published by The New York Times that argues, among other things, that the American Revolution was fought to maintain slavery and that Abraham Lincoln was racist.
“The NYT’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom & equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton tweeted Thursday in announcing his legislation. “Federal funding shouldn’t help indoctrinate young Americans w/ this left-wing garbage.”
The bill, called the “Saving American History Act of 2020,” would also make schools that teach the 1619 Project ineligible for federal professional-development grants.
“Under the bill, the Secretaries of Education, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture would be required to prorate federal funding to schools that decide to teach the 1619 Project—determined by how much it costs to plan and teach that curriculum,” states a news release from the Arkansas lawmaker’s office. “Any federal funds intended for low-income students or special-needs students are not affected by this legislation.”
“Despite major criticism of the project, schools around the country have begun incorporating the 1619 Project into their curricula. So far, schools or school districts in Chicago; Newark, N.J.; Buffalo, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. have all reportedly announced 1619 Project-related programs,” the news release adds.
The College Fix has long covered the saga of the controversial 1619 Project.