Iowa Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Cut Funding from Schools that Teach 1619 Project

Republican state legislators in Iowa have introduced legislation that would cut state funding from any schools that promote the far-left 1619 Project in their curriculum, according to The Hill.

The bill was introduced by State Representatives Henry Stone (R-Iowa) and Skyler Wheeler (R-Iowa), and has already passed through a three-member subcommittee, which now means it will head to the State House’s full education committee. The bill would target schools featuring “any United States history curriculum that in whole or in part is derived from a project by the New York Times, known as the ‘1619 Project,’ or any similarly developed curriculum.”

Any school that is found to use such curriculum in violation of the proposed law would have their funding “reduced by one-hundred-eightieth for each day of the previous budget year for which the school district used” that curriculum. Representative Wheeler confirmed that there would be similar reductions in state aid payments for any schools that feature such education, and that these penalties would include community colleges and regent institutions.

The 1619 Project, started in 2019 by New York Times author Nikole Hannah-Jones, essentially attempted to rewrite American history with a far-left approach by portraying the United States as a fundamentally racist nation, built by slavery and discrimination. The project has since been incorporated in many public schools who have begun teaching it as fact, even despite numerous historical inaccuracies and blatant omissions that have been pointed out by scholars and critics.

Get the news corporate media won't tell you.

Get caught up on today's must read stores!

By submitting your information, you agree to receive exclusive AG+ content, including special promotions, and agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms. By providing your phone number and checking the box to opt in, you are consenting to receive recurring SMS/MMS messages, including automated texts, to that number from my short code. Msg & data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help, STOP to end. SMS opt-in will not be sold, rented, or shared.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Jaflippo/Getty Images