Senators Marshall, Scott and Colleagues Demand Biden Administration Investigate Chinese Communist Party Influence in American K-12 Schools

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), joined Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona expressing concerns over new reports showing millions of dollars from Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-linked entities have flowed into America’s K-12 classrooms.

The Senate letter requests the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a nationwide audit to determine how much funding from foreign countries is going into our American schools.

The call for an investigation comes amid revelations that, for nearly two decades, the CCP has threatened our national security by using tools such as grants, sister school partnerships, “Confucius Classrooms,” and other state-sponsored programming to compromise the integrity of America’s K-12 educational system.

“This breach into our school system by the CCP should concern every American,” Senator Marshall said. “We cannot allow our adversaries to infiltrate our school’s curriculum and influence our students. It’s imperative that the Department of Education conduct a full audit and  expose all funding from the CCP to our K-12 schools and put in place guardrails to protect the integrity of our education system.”

Read the full letter HERE

Joining the letter with Senators Marshall and Tim Scott are HELP Committee Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.),Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio).