Republican senators called for K-12 schools that have been influenced by the Chinese Communist Party to be investigated. Furthermore, a Senate letter also requested that the Education Department conduct an audit to determine the extent of their funding.Republican U.S. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho joined Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and other Senate colleagues in forwarding a letter to Secretary Miguel Cardona of the U.S. Department of Education, expressing their concerns over the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s influence in K-12 schools.
An article in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations states that the CCP was revealed to have funded millions of dollars to K-12 schools in the U.S. Further reports say the letter also requested the Education Department to conduct an audit to determine the extent of the political party’s funding across the country.
The call for an investigation reportedly came from reports that for almost twenty years, the CCP has threatened the national security by using “Confucius Classrooms”, grants, sister school partnerships, and other programs sponsored by states to compromise the K-12 schools in the U.S.
Other Senators Calling For Investigation
According to an article in Mitt Romney, other Republican senators who joined Risch and Scott in expressing their concerns over the K-12 schools were Senators Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, John Thune of South Dakota, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Cassidy of Lousiana, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, J.D. Vance of Ohio, James Lankford of Oklahoma, John Cornyn of Texas, Mitt Romney of Utah, and John Barrasso of Wyoming.