Exclusive – As parents struggle to remove pornographic content from their children’s schools, the Biden administration has begun weaponizing federal agencies to combat parental efforts in rural areas under threats of withholding funding, education experts say.
The White House announced in June that the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will begin notifying school districts that reviewing or removing books from schools that parents have challenged could violate federal law and create a racially and sexually hostile environment.
Fox News Digital spoke to a senior Department of Energy official, who said, “We want school districts to meet federal law, which is a condition of receiving federal funding.”
Max Eden, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute who specializes in K-12 education, said the move shows that the DOE can examine school districts simply to examine parents’ concerns about explicit sexual content in schools.
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He continued that the Biden administration is “using” federal agencies “as a hub to advance whatever cultural agenda the Left happens to have that year.”
For example, the Office of Civil Rights launched an investigation into Forsyth County Schools, a district in Georgia, after examining content reported by parents regarding details of sexual acts and discussions of bestiality.
In May, the Department of Civil Rights determined that Forsyth County Public Schools likely created a racially and sexually hostile environment for its students when it reviewed pornographic content. This decision was made despite the implicit recognition in the findings that the school district was only focusing on sexually explicit books.
“We certainly didn’t see the content, but the district’s response to making us believe that the student was experiencing a hostile environment based on race and gender was also inappropriate under the law,” a senior DOE official said. [federal law]. That’s a whole other issue than books that school districts shouldn’t offer. ”
The official added that OCR has not asked to put the book back on the shelf.
Georgia settled with OCR.
“The school board’s decision to review books containing depictions of strap-ons and dangles is so offensive and so pervasive that no one can seriously say that students literally can’t learn there. It’s sheer lawlessness,” said researcher Eden of the OCR findings.
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“So [districts and schools]…these investigations will continue,” he added. “We may even consider removing these books. [the message] The Office of Civil Rights has sent the Board of Education a question as to whether they are considering removing sexually explicit books from school libraries. We can step in and take all your federal funds. ”
And a month later, the White House announced that the Office of Civil Rights would begin training school districts on “the growing threat that book banning poses to the civil rights of students.”
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“And the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will ask coordinators to provide training to schools nationwide on how banning books that target specific communities and create hostile school environments can violate federal civil rights law,” they said.
DOE officials also said parents concerned about sexually explicit content in schools should file complaints with the OCR alleging poor conditions. When asked if officials understood that parents were upset about books discussing pornography, sex and adult sex apps, officials said, “Yes, I do.”
“When we received complaints on the subject, we’ve been investigating … it’s just the look-and-look kind of thing,” they said.
But not all critics are satisfied with the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights explanation.
“Rather than using the law to ensure equality, the Biden administration is weaponizing the law and forcing schools to expose children to pornography … silencing those who disagree with progressive policies or face FBI investigations,” Southeastern Law Foundation General Counsel Kimberly Herman said of DOE’s new focus on books.
The Biden administration has shown an interest in working with parents and has set up the Parenting Council, which was disbanded following political backlash from the government. Attorney General Merrick Garland‘domestic terrorist’ memorandum.
Garland directed the FBI to work with state and local leaders to address “threats to school administrators, board members, teachers and staff” at board meetings as parents speak out against critical racial theories in the curriculum.
The memo has led to accusations that Biden is weaponizing the Justice Department and its counterterrorism tools against parents.
“They seek to maintain and expand the ideological monopoly on public education, first and foremost, by using federal law enforcement powers to intimidate parents into expressing their opinions … at school board meetings, and now the civil rights system, to prevent school districts from making fairly sound and common sense judgments about what is and isn’t right for their children,” Eden said.
Nicole Nyely, who leads Parents Defending Education, similarly offered her take on the chilling effect of the Biden administration on free speech.
“The average American parent is terrified when they see or hear federal authority being exercised against them, and it’s understandable. The federal government exploits both knowledge and power imbalances over families,” she said of the Czar plan in the book.
The Biden administration argued that OCR focuses on books that promote inclusion in the LGBTQ community.
“This is clearly a politically fabricated position on behalf of these people,” Eden said, adding that “there is no good reason to believe that the median gay believes school libraries should have explicit sexual material.”
Similarly, parents do not buy either.
“The White House mocks civil rights law by claiming it mandates pornography in schools so that students feel ‘safe.’ A lack of pornography doesn’t make school environments hostile, and no one is harmed by protecting schoolchildren from pornography and sexually explicit content,” said Nicole Solas, senior fellow at the Women’s Independent Forum.
“The only civil rights that are being attacked are those of parents and taxpayers against pornography in schools now that the federal government has weaponized the Department of Education against the public,” Solas added.
“Parents are getting in the way of elections now,” said Texas mother Gabriel Clark. “Left and right, black and white, gay and straight, most people agree on one thing: porn is inappropriate in school.”
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“Any person with common sense would agree that the books available to children in publicly funded school libraries should be governed by community standards,” said Ismail Royer, head of the Islamic and Religious Freedom of Action team at the Institute for Religious Freedom.
Critics believe the Biden administration’s “book emperor” move will limit parental voice over pornographic books in the district, but it comes on the heels of reports that a Pentagon school for military children called the Department of Defense Education Action (DoDEA) under the Biden administration has maintained and added content that provokes racial and gender discrimination.
The level of obscenity in the Pentagon’s books for military children was so serious that members of the House Armed Services Committee expressed their displeasure at detailing them in an official letter to the Pentagon secretary.
“We are understandably shocked and disgusted to see such heinous obscenities mentioned in a public capacity. However, given your belief that this material is appropriate for children, we need to advocate for military families and understand both the nature and purpose of these obscenities in the Pentagon schools you teach,” they said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.