More Deception from the Biden Administration

 

I’m disgusted–again. After claiming that the American Rescue Plan was urgent in order for schools to re-open in the midst of the pandemic, we find out what actually happened:

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which the Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as a necessity for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the law provided over $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which helped multiple states implement ‘implicit bias’ and ‘anti-racism’ training, among other programs, according to research from One Nation shared with and verified by Fox News Digital.

You may respond by saying that $122 million is a drop in the bucket with all the misappropriations being carried out by the Biden administration; I suspect the Democrats hope that will be the Republican response. But I think it’s dangerous to ignore the deceptions that are implemented, one act at a time. The Biden Administration has no compunction about carrying out hidden agendas, whether it’s about flying illegal aliens all over the country, insisting on continuing draconian measures regarding Covid-19, or disguising the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

And we need to call them out at every opportunity.

Senator Raphael Warnock made this claim:

‘This is one moment in which it’s very clear that public policy is quite literally a matter of life and death,’ Warnock said during a February 2021 news conference with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., adding that the bill would provide ‘more than $4 billion to the state of Georgia’s K through 12 schools to ensure students, teachers, and staff stay safe and healthy, and to address learning loss.’

And. of course, the Secretary of Education focused on the same issues without mentioning the funding for CRT:

Soon after Biden signed the bill into law on March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education declared that ESSER would be used to ‘implement the CDC’s recommended prevention and mitigation strategies for K-12 schools, meet student and educators’ social, emotional, and mental health needs, invest in strategies to address lost instructional time, and boldly address inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.’

‘My priority right now is to safely reopen as many schools right now, as quickly as possible,’ Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said after the bill passed.

Keep in mind that the language that Secretary Cardona used describes, in part,  the teaching of Social and Emotional Learning, the latest rendition of CRT.

When challenged about this use of funds, the DOE purported to support local decision-making:

‘The Department is not encouraging the use of American Rescue Plan funds to teach CRT—and any claim to the contrary is patently false,’ the statement read. ‘The Department believes politicians should stay out of the curriculum decisions that are best made at the local level, in engagement with parents, families, and local school communities.’

Right.

For a list of the 13 states that used ARP funds under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), you can go here.

I feel compelled to add that I am not familiar with the One Nation website and could not find a review of their work, so if anyone can enlighten us, I’d appreciate it.

Meanwhile, I have no reason to think that the Department of Education is acting with integrity and honesty.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    This is my shocked face. 😐

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  2. Stad Coolidge
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    COVID education bills are merely vehicles for funneling money to teachers who won’t work but still want to get paid . . .

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    The question is: are we going to be complacent, shrug our shoulders and give up? Or are we going to take every opportunity to call them out when the information is right in front of us? Complacency just doesn’t work for me.

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Stad (View Comment):

    COVID education bills are merely vehicles for funneling money to teachers who won’t work but still want to get paid . . .

    Oh, yeah, let’s not forget the dedication of the teachers to take care of their students during this devastating time . . . 

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  5. genferei Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    The question is: are we going to be complacent, shrug our shoulders and give up? Or are we going to take every opportunity to call them out when the information is right in front of us? Complacency just doesn’t work for me.

    Well, you and I aren’t going to shrug our shoulders, and we’re going to call them out. But our elected officials will do nothing, and being called out hasn’t seemed to change behavior in the past, so…

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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    genferei (View Comment):
    and being called out hasn’t seemed to change behavior in the past

    And it doesn’t help when people who claim to be on our side tell us we shouldn’t call them out or we’re handing the election to Democrats.

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    And it doesn’t help when people who claim to be on our side tell us we shouldn’t call them out or we’re handing the election to Democrats.

    And I will call them out for saying so! 

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  8. Western Chauvinist Member
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    The real complacency is parents still sending their kids into environments where they learn to hate their country, to think of themselves or their classmates and teachers as racist if they happen to be white, and to have their innocence stolen by being indoctrinated into perverse gender ideology.

    Calling out isn’t all that impressive under the circumstances. Kids don’t get a second chance at childhood innocence.

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    How about calling out parents and the government? Although parents have options instead of the public schools, they also may not be aware of them or have reasons they’re not taking advantage of them. That doesn’t excuse their not taking action, but I’m not willing to put the blame only on them.

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  10. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    They backdoor everything.

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  11. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I am. Your very first job as a parent is to protect your children. Once you’re sure they’re safe from toxic ideologies and sexual predators, your next job is to form them morally and educationally to reach their full potential.

    A good Catholic curriculum cost about $250 for the year 10 years ago, including text books and teacher support from headquarters. Charter schools are public and free if you’re able to provide transportation to get your kids there. Parents set up car pools and co-ops. There are no excuses for subjecting children to what is going on in regular public schools.

    I’ll even blame grandparents for not taking the time to homeschool their grandchildren if both parents have to work.

    Better even to be uneducated than maleducated in the current system. 

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  12. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    The real complacency is parents still sending their kids into environments where they learn to hate their country, to think of themselves or their classmates and teachers as racist if they happen to be white, and to have their innocence stolen by being indoctrinated into perverse gender ideology.

    The trouble here is also economic. The law of supply and demand is influenced strongly (some might say, fatally) to the two-income family, such that it’s very hard for a one-income family, unless that one income is very high. It’s best to have a stay-at-home parent, and call me sexist, I think it’s best if that stay at home parent is the mom. But our government offers perverse incentives to get women out of the home — that is, away from their children — and into the workplace. And once you get enough of that, you have a society whose economy is based on every family having two-incomes. This means that when the free market prices things to what the market can bear, prices are a lot higher, and the one-income family gets poorer. (And then throw in inflation and watch what happens.)

    So let’s say that you’re considering homeschooling. Expect to be really poor for as long as you continue. But maybe you’re going to go to private school. Guess where your second income is going? Heck, you might as well homeschool if you’re going to do that. (And also, even private religious schools are not free from Wokeness.)

    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there. (Parents: “BUT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL IS EXCELLENT!” No, it’s probably not. You are just kept in the dark. Also, your public school is part of “systemic wokeness” in which students are introduced to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural tonalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

    Or something.

     

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  13. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    Charter schools are public and free if you’re able to provide transportation to get your kids there.

    Last year I visited one horrifically woke charter school with trans nonsense covering the walls. Charter schools are not automatically free of this garbage.

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    Last year I visited one horrifically woke charter school with trans nonsense covering the walls. Charter schools are not automatically free of this garbage.

    Not only that, efforts are still being made to discourage the opening of charter schools. So they aren’t on every street corner. I agree with your comments about two-income families. The PTB convinced people that was best for everyone, and now it’s difficult to get by on one income. Tough times.

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    The real complacency is parents still sending their kids into environments where they learn to hate their country, to think of themselves or their classmates and teachers as racist if they happen to be white, and to have their innocence stolen by being indoctrinated into perverse gender ideology.

    The trouble here is also economic. The law of supply and demand is influenced strongly (some might say, fatally) to the two-income family, such that it’s very hard for a one-income family, unless that one income is very high. It’s best to have a stay-at-home parent, and call me sexist, I think it’s best if that stay at home parent is the mom. But our government offers perverse incentives to get women out of the home — that is, away from their children — and into the workplace. And once you get enough of that, you have a society whose economy is based on every family having two-incomes. This means that when the free market prices things to what the market can bear, prices are a lot higher, and the one-income family gets poorer. (And then throw in inflation and watch what happens.)

    So let’s say that you’re considering homeschooling. Expect to be really poor for as long as you continue. But maybe you’re going to go to private school. Guess where your second income is going? Heck, you might as well homeschool if you’re going to do that. (And also, even private religious schools are not free from Wokeness.)

    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there. (Parents: “BUT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL IS EXCELLENT!” No, it’s probably not. You are just kept in the dark. Also, your public school is part of “systemic wokeness” in which students are introduced to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural tonalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

    Or something.

     

    Spot on. Until the last few sentences. Which I know you intended, Drew!

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  16. Western Chauvinist Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    Charter schools are public and free if you’re able to provide transportation to get your kids there.

    Last year I visited one horrifically woke charter school with trans nonsense covering the walls. Charter schools are not automatically free of this garbage.

    True, but classical charters (Core Knowledge) generally are and Hillsdale charters definitely are.

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  17. kedavis Member
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    Some schools also used the “pandemic emergency” money for swimming pools, maybe putting greens…

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  18. Western Chauvinist Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there.

    What would you sacrifice to make sure your child isn’t ideologically poisoned or groomed? Move closer to a classical charter? Eat hot dogs and beans so that mom can stay home and teach the kiddos? Seriously. I can hardly think of anything I wouldn’t do to protect my child from the malign influence of the Left in regular public schools. Complaining at school board meetings is fine (Matt Walsh does it even though I’m pretty sure his kids don’t go to public schools), but correcting the public education establishment is going to take time our children don’t have.

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  19. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there.

    What would you sacrifice to make sure your child isn’t ideologically poisoned or groomed? Move closer to a classical charter? Eat hot dogs and beans so that mom can stay home and teach the kiddos?

    It’s what we are doing. It’s not fun.

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  20. Western Chauvinist Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there.

    What would you sacrifice to make sure your child isn’t ideologically poisoned or groomed? Move closer to a classical charter? Eat hot dogs and beans so that mom can stay home and teach the kiddos?

    It’s what we are doing. It’s not fun.

    Sacrifice rarely is fun, but it’s still worth it. Good for you. And, more importantly, good for your kids.

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  21. RufusRJones Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    The real complacency is parents still sending their kids into environments where they learn to hate their country, to think of themselves or their classmates and teachers as racist if they happen to be white, and to have their innocence stolen by being indoctrinated into perverse gender ideology.

    The trouble here is also economic. The law of supply and demand is influenced strongly (some might say, fatally) to the two-income family, such that it’s very hard for a one-income family, unless that one income is very high. It’s best to have a stay-at-home parent, and call me sexist, I think it’s best if that stay at home parent is the mom. But our government offers perverse incentives to get women out of the home — that is, away from their children — and into the workplace. And once you get enough of that, you have a society whose economy is based on every family having two-incomes. This means that when the free market prices things to what the market can bear, prices are a lot higher, and the one-income family gets poorer. (And then throw in inflation and watch what happens.)

    So let’s say that you’re considering homeschooling. Expect to be really poor for as long as you continue. But maybe you’re going to go to private school. Guess where your second income is going? Heck, you might as well homeschool if you’re going to do that. (And also, even private religious schools are not free from Wokeness.)

    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there. (Parents: “BUT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL IS EXCELLENT!” No, it’s probably not. You are just kept in the dark. Also, your public school is part of “systemic wokeness” in which students are introduced to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural tonalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

    Or something.

     

    1 million likes. They don’t want you thinking holistically like this.

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  22. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Oik! (View Comment):
    So due to our economy — bad and getting worse — parents may have no other option than “free” Government School. Which is the worst option out there.

    What would you sacrifice to make sure your child isn’t ideologically poisoned or groomed? Move closer to a classical charter? Eat hot dogs and beans so that mom can stay home and teach the kiddos?

    It’s what we are doing. It’s not fun.

    Sacrifice rarely is fun, but it’s still worth it. Good for you. And, more importantly, good for your kids.

    Yeah, I’m very thankful for my wife for doing the hard work and having to deal with the lower income as well. Oldest graduating this year, youngest next year, and then . . . well who can predict what the Biden economy will look like then. We might both need two jobs.

    I know the kids have benefited. And given what I’m learning about our local schools (which made national news because of the over-the-top Wokeness and CRT garbage) I’m really glad they were kept from that stuff.

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  23. WillowSpring Member
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    The amount of money that was thrown around with no real plan has long been a major issue for me.  For the last several  years, the local papers have described meetings of various government groups to decide what to do with the ‘windfall’ from the ‘recovery’ funds. 

    Just the other day, the local town announced that it was going to use $60,000 to help build a memorial dirtbike track named after a local boy.  Now, I’m all for cycling (dirt and otherwise) and feel sorry for the family of the boy who is being honored, but this is not a ‘recovery’ project.

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  24. DrewInWisconsin, Oik! Member
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    WillowSpring (View Comment):

    The amount of money that was thrown around with no real plan has long been a major issue for me. For the last several years, the local papers have described meetings of various government groups to decide what to do with the ‘windfall’ from the ‘recovery’ funds.

    Just the other day, the local town announced that it was going to use $60,000 to help build a memorial dirtbike track named after a local boy. Now, I’m all for cycling (dirt and otherwise) and feel sorry for the family of the boy who is being honored, but this is not a ‘recovery’ project.

    Our city, too, keeps inviting input on how to use COVID funds. I’m pleased to see that a lot of people responding on local social media saying “How about we not spend it!?” or “This is why we have inflation!” People are getting it. Unfortunately, not enough. And there are still idiots who say stuff like “Oh, we should spent that on some Diversity and Equity Initiatives!”

    Makes me grind off a few molars.

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