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DEFUNDING: How Trump’s latest proposal could RUIN America’s schools

DEFUNDING: How Trump’s latest proposal could RUIN America’s schools

Public schools typically require vaccine records and teach history and social studies, whether Republicans like it or not.

Donald Trump announced during his Virginia rally that there is a list of offenses for which, if he regains power, he’ll be pulling federal funding from schools. The offenses that he’s targeting, however, amount to teaching kids and attempting to protect them.

He says he’ll defund schools that are “pushing critical race theory, transgender insanity, and other inappropriate racial sexual or political content” on students. However, the Republican party has demonstrated over recent years that they use those words differently than they’d typically be defined.

For instance, teaching that the U.S. has a history of racial inequality falls under the offense of “critical race theory” by right-wing standards, and they’ve proposed — and in some cases passed — legislation that attacks teachers for merely acknowledging LGBTQ people exist.

There have been efforts to ban books just for having a gay character or addressing racial inequity in policing. But that’s not all Trump will defund schools for. He said:

“And I will not give one penny to any school that has a vaccine mandate or a mask mandate.”

Trump may be focusing on COVID-19 restrictions after MAGA went to extremes about schools requiring kids to wear masks and discussing the possibility of requiring teachers to be vaccinated.

Several states even enacted bans to prevent schools from implementing mandates for COVID-19 vaccines, although in fact only two states, California and Illinois, placed any legislation requiring vaccination against the disease, and Illinois even left open the possibility of opting out in favor of regular testing, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy.

But as anti-vax extremism has taken hold in the far-right, they’ve delved into some other vaccine conspiracy theories as well, with Candace Owens and other right-wing media figures promoting disinformation about the VAERS vaccine injury reporting system, for example.

Trump himself even regurgitated long-debunked conspiracy theories linking childhood vaccines to autism, back in his first campaign, long before COVID-19 entered the conversation, parroting RFK Jr.’s dangerous schtick.

Currently, requiring childhood vaccines is a standard prerequisite for entering school, although many states do have opt-outs for religious and other reasons.

Nor is this a random ramble that Trump thought up on the spur of the moment — you can see him making similar promises last summer, when he also said he’d defund colleges for requiring vaccines.

Even before he left office, he was threatening to cut funding to schools that didn’t reopen in-person classrooms in the midst of the pandemic, as CNBC reported at the time.

In short, if Trump defunds schools for the issues he names — vaccine requirements; teaching accurate U.S. history, including racial disparity; and giving kids adequate understanding and support regardless of gender identity or sexuality — he’s essentially going to completely defund the public school system across America.

Trump did say that he “loves the poorly educated.” If he gets re-elected, he’s going to ensure that the poorly educated will become the largest segment of the U.S. population.

Good luck, kids. Hopefully, your parents vote this November.

Stephanie Bazzle
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here:

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