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House Republicans Launch Probe Into Education Department's Funding of Woke Universities

Added 09-28-22 12:20:03pm EST - “House Republicans are investigating the Department of Education's dispersal of federal funds to academic institutions that "suppress free speech," according to a letter from Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.), the ranking member of the House…” - Freebeacon.com

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House Republicans are investigating the Department of Education's dispersal of federal funds to academic institutions that "suppress free speech," according to a letter from Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

The oversight committee is requesting a briefing on what steps—"if any"—the department has taken to safeguard academic freedom on campus, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Delivered to Biden education secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday, the letter rattles off a string of cases in which taxpayers have indirectly footed the bill for censorship, including the $620 million the Education Department sent to Yale University, where administrators investigated a law student for using the term "trap house" in an email.

"Institutions of higher learning are places where faculty and students should test, develop, and fine-tune theories, thoughts, and ideas," Comer and Foxx write. "Unfortunately, colleges and universities are stifling free thought and expression."

The letter states that the "proliferation of cancel culture" extends to public institutions, which are funded entirely by the taxpayer and bound by the First Amendment. At the University of Washington, for example, administrators disciplined a computer science professor who refused to include a "land acknowledgment" in his syllabi.

Delivered just six weeks ahead of the midterm elections, the letter reflects the growing partisan divide over higher education. Only 31 percent of Republicans say that liberal and conservative views are respected equally on campus, according to a March poll from the American Council on Education; among Democrats, the number is 57 percent.

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