Democrat-controlled states across the U.S. have been using billions of taxpayer dollars from President Joe Biden and the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID-19 relief package to impose Critical Race Theory curricula in public schools. [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] The Democrats claimed that the ARP, which was passed in March 2021 without any Republican votes, was necessary for reopening schools during the Coronavirus pandemic, despite many private schools already having opened safely. The legislation also provided over $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which many blue states used to enforce “anti-racism” and “implicit bias” education. The Biden Administration told FOX Business in February 2021, before the legislation was passed, that ESSER funding would provide schools “with the resources they need to safely reopen and fully serve their students.” On March 11, 2021, after President Joe Biden signed the bill, the U.S. Department of Education claimed that ESSER would be used to “implement the CDC’s recommended prevention and mitigation strategies for K-12 schools, meet student and educators’ social, emotional, and mental health needs, invest in strategies to address lost instructional time, and boldly address inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.” [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] The U.S. Department of Education released its Equity Action Plan in April and promised to provide an “equitable impact” of ARP ESSER funds and to support “resources to help advance civil rights.” According to research from One Nation, which was verified by Fox News Digital, in August 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published a report “offering strategies for how states should use ARP funds to support families and re-engage students for the return of in-person learning.” According to the report, “Rebuilding from COVID-19 is an opportunity to reexamine and strengthen school policies,” and that schools may need a “culture shift” to ensure schools “reopen equitably for all students.” The report also suggested that states use ARP funds to “build trust with families to support in-person learning” by frequently communicating with families, implementing universal indoor masking, providing access to vaccinations, and other measures, including addressing the “reasons families of color have cited for not returning to in-person learning,” including "fears of xenophobic and racist harassment.” The report also recommended that schools “implement strategies designed for systemic change at the local and school level.” “Educators should evaluate and reflect on their school culture, climate, and policies and can use well-designed survey tools to learn what practices may be keeping all students from feeling safe, included, and academically challenged and supported. Based on this information, they should commit to making improvements to achieve the goal of safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments.” [tweet_embed] May 3, 2022[/tweet_embed] At least $46.5 billion from the ARP ESSER fund has been allocated to 13 states, including California, Illinois, New York, and Washington, which are planning to, or have already used the funds, to implement CRT.