Biden Backs Down

The Department of Education scraps a plan to promote critical race theory in public schools.

Over the weekend, the Biden administration backed down on a controversial proposal to tie federal education grants to the implementation of critical race theory in public schools.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona—a fierce advocate of critical race theory—announced on his website that the Department of Education was scaling back the initiative, which would have created a national incentive for public schools to adopt critical race theory.

Biden and Cardona backed down after receiving more than 35,000 public comments, most of which blasted the administration for attempting to nationalize this divisive ideology and promote it to local school districts.

Here’s the upshot: our fight against critical race theory is winning in the court of public opinion and forcing political leaders to take action. We have now passed anti-critical race theory legislation in nine states and have pushed the Biden administration into a strategic retreat.

Christopher F. Rufo is a writer, filmmaker, and senior fellow of Manhattan Institute. He has directed four documentaries for PBS and is currently a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions.

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