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Illinois makes national headlines for spending COVID relief $$ to push CRT curriculum



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CHICAGO – When billions of funds are showering down from those dark, billowing federal government clouds, you can be sure some of those funds will fall on those really needing help. Sad to say, the vast majority of those funds will fall on those that are convinced they deserve, and thus, demand those federal funds. 

We see it happening once again in – you guessed it – the quaint, Midwestern-value state of Illinois. You know, flyover country, where no one on either Coast cares what happens. Except in this case, when Illinois powers-that-be reportedly spend $5.1 billion to push CRT in government schools. 

No, it wasn't used to help small businesses that closed their doors during the pandemic, or mom and pop restaurants that have forced the scraping of retirement savings to make it through the crisis. 

No, the money, this report says was used to push the Critical Race Theory – demanding students of some races feel guilt and anguish because they are not minority status. Isn't this what you want COVID $$ to be spent on? 

Here's a headline from this week's national news that shines another light on a Democrat-controlled state that has been the beneficiary of billions of federal tax dollars simply because the Democrats are in control in Washington DC and Democrats are in control in Springfield and as important, Chicago: 

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From the story: 

Blue states across the country are using billions of taxpayer dollars from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to push core tenets of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which the Democrats passed in March 2021 without any Republican support, was billed by the Democratic Party as a necessity for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the law provided over $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which helped multiple states implement "implicit bias" and "anti-racism" training, among other programs, according to research from One Nation shared with and verified by Fox News Digital.

And as for Illinois, the ESSER funds were used to help LGBQT communities, as well as other groups …

In Illinois, $5.1 billion in ARP ESSER funding was awarded to the state Board of Education for its reopening plan that implemented strategies with "an emphasis on equity and diversity." The plan provided school districts with training on topics like "anti-racism" and equity, and allocated a percentage of funds to create a statewide coalition to help school districts offer grants for projects addressing "issues pertaining to interrupted learning and support groups that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic (e.g., homeless, LGBQT [sic], marginalized communities)."

And there was no denying it happened. Illinois Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala cheered Cardona’s approval of the plan last year.

"We continue to do everything possible to ensure each and every student can attend school in-person safely this fall," Ayala said in August 2021. "The approval of our state plan will allow us to make even greater equity-driven investments in teacher retention and students' mental health and academic growth."

The rest of the story is here.  How much did YOUR school district get? 


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