Hillsdale College plans to add at least 50 public charter schools with an “anti-woke” curriculum focused on “the centrality of the Western tradition.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has set aside $32 million in public funds to start the schools.
Hillsdale college , which has close ties to Trump, developed the “1776 curriculum” which portrays America as “an exceptionally good country” and was set up in direct contrast to the NY Times progressive “1619 project.”
Governor Lee Lee told lawmakers “For decades, Hillsdale College has been the standard-bearer in quality curriculum and in the responsibility of preserving American liberty.”
“I believe their efforts are a good fit for Tennessee,” he added.
Bruce Fuller, a professor of education and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley took issue with the move and said “I’ve been following charter schools over the last 25 years, and I’ve never seen a governor attempting to use charters in such an overtly political way.”
“You’ve had governors who’ve encouraged the growth of charters to provide more high-quality options for parents, but it’s highly unusual to see a governor deploy the charter mechanism for admittedly political purposes,’ he added.