January 26, 2022

NY funnels federal pandemic relief funds to CRT-based public instruction

In keeping with the liberal maxim of never letting a crisis go to waste comes news that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is actively funneling resources meant for pandemic-related relief toward implementing a curriculum firmly grounded in the principles of critical race theory, as Just the News reports.

As part of the federal government’s massive spending spree spurred on by the COVID-19 crisis, public schools in the Empire State have received awards of approximately $9 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief aid (commonly referred to as ESSER funds).

In laying out its priorities for spending that massive trove of resources, NYSED officials identified its “Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education Framework” (CRSE) to be of particular importance, something which has as a stated goal, furthering the empowerment of students to “learn using aspects of their race, social class, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or ability.”

According to New York’s ESSER plan, “Equity warriors are working to create school communities that are more diverse, more equitable and more inclusive than ever before,” as Breitbart noted, and CRSE programs are meant to help “educators create equitable learning environments that: affirm racial, linguistic, and cultural identities…elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change.”

The NYSED’s own CRSE framework website asserts that “a complex system of biases and structural inequities is at play” in this country and that it “must be clearly understood, directly challenged, and fundamentally transformed.”

According to Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, “New York’s CRSE Framework is steeped in Critical Race Theory and its associated pedagogies,” as Just the News noted, with the conservative journalist and commentator adding that it “gives lie to those who claim that CRT isn’t used in K-12.”

Kurtz elaborated on the point by telling the outlet, “Culturally Responsive Education and Critical Race Theory are overlapping and mutually reinforcing pedagogies. The term Critical Race Theory is rightly applied to a number of educational approaches: ‘anti-racism,’ ‘diversity, equity and inclusion,’ culturally responsive teaching’ and the like. They are all close variations on Critical Race Theory.”

In Kurtz’ view, “the CRSE Framework is actively hostile to the idea of teaching New York’s children about their shared civic heritage as Americans. Instead, the framework portrays America as a structurally biased and oppressive nation in need of fundamental transformation.”

Considering the electoral uprising recently witnessed in Virginia – attributed by many to anti-CRT sentiment and similar parental discontent – bureaucrats in New York may want to tread carefully when it comes to using their coronavirus windfall to bankroll this kind of divisive indoctrination.

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