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McCarthy and Foxx have demanded that Biden’s education secretary turn over all contact with teachers’ unions

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and ranking member of the House Education Committee, Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., demanded that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona give up his contact with teachers’ unions on Wednesday.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy walks
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy walks through the Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 17, 2021.  (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

In a letter obtained first by Fox News, House Republican leaders slammed Biden administration Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for school closures around the country and the large amount of education funding from the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan.

“We noticed that Congress had previously provided roughly three times the budget that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated was required to properly operate schools,” the congressmen wrote. 

However, instead of maintaining Congress’s bipartisan approach to tackling COVID-19, Democrats pushed their political agenda, authorising more than $120 billion in extra school financing, the letter reads.

The Republicans highlighted that the Democrats “argued their extreme expenditure was essential” to safely reopen schools and that the Republicans were proven accurate in understanding the Democrats weren’t telling the truth.

Furthermore, the senators stressed that according to December department figures, just 4% of the American Rescue Plan funds for school districts had been touched. 

Simultaneously, your government produced data in December showing that nearly 99 percent of public school fourth- and eighth-graders attended school in person full-time during the autumn. ” McCarthy and Foxx penned the script.

As a result, most schools reopened for roughly half of the 2021–2022 school year, but practically all ARP financing for schools remained unaffected.

To the extent that schools are using ARP funding at all, some are apparently spending their cash on left-wing ideological programmes, “they went on to say.”

“This comes as no surprise. Contrary to Democratic assertions, this money was not required to reopen schools. “

McCarthy and Foxx termed the Biden administration’s reaction to disrupted learning across the country “appalling” and urged the secretary to “do more” to address school closures.

“In light of these known consequences,” they wrote, “your timid response to the resurgence of school closures is sadly inadequate.”

“Republicans proposed five separate modifications to the ARP during the Committee’s consideration last year that would have required schools to retain in-person education as a condition of receiving ARP funds.

Unfortunately, Democrats stymied all of these measures.

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