Bishop Introduces Bills to Grant School Choice for Students Facing Mask Mandates or CRT Indoctrination

September 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-09) introduced the Mask Off Act and the No Corrupt Racist Training Act (No CRT Act), which gives families the freedom to pursue alternative education options if their school implements needless mask mandates or indoctrinates their children with Critical Race Theory:

“Federal education dollars should follow America’s students, not the system. This should be true in all cases, but especially if a school is forcing masks on children or teaching divisive Critical Race Theory. If such mandates or indoctrinating curricula are in place, then families should be able to do what is best for their own kids and have the freedom to pursue alternative education options. My bills will help families do that. Our education system must serve our students—not the agenda of the Leftist political class.” – Rep. Dan Bishop

“We applaud Congressman Bishop’s continued leadership on school choice. These bills will reallocate a small percentage of federal K-12 dollars to give families in need greater educational freedom and opportunity. We believe all families should be able to choose the best educational environment for their child and would urge Congress to use federal resources to fund students not systems.” – American Federation for Children

The Mask Off Act and the No CRT Act will bring American families much-needed school choice. The Mask Off Act would allow children who live in school districts where mask mandates are in place to be eligible for Opportunity Grants to seek alternative educational options. The No CRT Act would allow students who attend schools advancing Critical Race Theory to also be eligible. Opportunity Grants will be funded by redirecting 10% of appropriated funding from Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These grants will be means-tested to reflect annual income and could be used for private school tuition, costs associated with homeschooling, learning pods and microschools, and other educational materials.