A spokesman for the education department did not comment on the guidelines of the internal agency on Wednesday evening.
The department’s guidance largely echoes OMB’s memo, which outlines the type of content that is now not preferred in government training: material that teaches, trains, or suggests: (1) Virtually all whites contribute to or benefit from racism (2)) critical racial theory (3) white privilege (4) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country (5) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil (6) anti-American Propaganda. “
According to the email, department officials have already concluded that at least some of their training activities ̵
The email said that department officials have similarly determined that all training on diversity and inclusion offered by the agency’s Equal Opportunities Office is in line with the new OMB policy.
The OMB memo, first published on Friday evening by the Washington Post, stated, “The President’s attention is being drawn to the fact that the federal government is spending millions of dollars training its workforce on” divisive, anti-American propaganda.
“The president has instructed me to ensure that federal authorities no longer use taxpayers’ money to fund these fissile, un-American propaganda training courses,” wrote OMB director Russ Vought in the memo to the agencies.
The OMB memo takes place amid mounting racist unrest across the country after high-profile police killings of black Americans became a major issue in the presidential campaign. Trump tweeted “No more!” Over the weekend. in response to a person on Twitter who claimed that critical racial theory is “the greatest threat to Western civilization” and has infiltrated the federal government.
The president has also retweeted various other reports, including conservative media coverage, praising his crackdown on certain types of anti-racism training in the federal government. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has accused Trump of inciting racial divisions in the country and promised to take action against “systemic racism” in his election.
The Education Department’s move to curb staff discussion also comes when Education Minister Betsy DeVos finalized a new policy this week to encourage freedom of expression in other locations.
The DeVos rule, which was passed on Wednesday, cuts some funding from the Department of Education for public universities that violate the first amendment or for private universities that violate their own language guidelines.
President Donald Trump over the weekend threatened on Twitter not to allocate federal funding to California schools teaching the New York Times Magazine 1619 project, which re-examines the role of slavery in the education of the United States.
Education has not publicly commented on Trump’s tweet or confirmed that the agency is actually investigating whether to withdraw federal funding for schools teaching the 1619 project.
It is not clear how the Trump administration could address such a threat, as longstanding federal law prohibits the Department of Education from exercising “any direction, oversight or control over the curriculum” of the country’s schools.
The 1619 project was a target by conservatives who called it “propaganda” and revisionist history. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), For example, has introduced laws that prohibit federal funds from being used for teaching in elementary and secondary schools.