A radical organization promoting Critical Race Theory, whose linking by the Department of Education this week was described as an “error,” actually has ties to several of President Biden’s administration officials, Fox News has revealed.
The network’s investigation this week revealed that the federal agency was promoting the Abolitionist Teaching Network, which was released the “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”
Federal officials quickly described that recommendation as an “error.”
But now Fox has shown that Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten headed the San Diego school system when it paid Bettina Love, the co-founder of Abolitionist Teaching Network, $11,000 for a speech.
Fox cited financial records and a copy of the agreement.
The department has continued to decline to answer questions about why the radical group was recommended in the first place, or who provided the recommendation.
The situation turned into controversy because the organization states it wants to “disrupt whiteness,” and Love, in a webinar for her group, demanded, “I want us to be feared.”
The ATN teaches “justice, healing, joy, and liberation for all black, brown, and indigenous folx, (sic) inclusive of all intersecting identities.” It insists teachers should “remove all punitive or disciplinary practices that spirit murder black, brown, and indigenous children.”
The Department of Education had linked to the “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning” that was posted online by the ATN.
That group also charges that social and emotional learning “can be a covert form of policing used to punish, criminalize, and control black, brown, and indigenous children and communities to adhere to white norms.”
When the agenda was publicized, the Biden administration claimed that an “error” was made in the promotion.
“The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions,” the federal department said in a statement. “It was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.”
Fox reported also connected to Love is acting Assistant Secretary Donna Harris-Aikens.
That’s because the National Education Association, the largest teachers union, hosted Love as a speaker at a June 2020 event. At the time, Harris-Aikens served as a senior director for the NEA, according to her LinkedIn account, Fox reported.
The report also noted Abolitionist Teaching Network, which Love co-chairs, made its Twitter account private after Fox confirmed the group’s inclusion in the Department of Education handbook.
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