‘We are concerned the Department will use this complaint to launch a politically motivated investigation of a thriving district whose parents disagree with this administration’s policies.’
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and Cong. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas 24th) were joined by their colleagues Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C. 5th), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education & Labor, in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding the agency provide information about why they have launched an investigation for allegations of racial and gender discrimination at the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas.
In the letter, the Senators and Members wrote:
“Based on recent actions by the Biden administration, we fear your Department will weaponize federal resources to intimidate parents who disagree with the policies of this administration and voiced their objections overwhelmingly and lawfully through local elections held in May of this year.
"Furthermore, given Carroll ISD’s achievements in education, we are concerned the Department will conduct an authoritarian-style retaliation against the community.”
The senators and members of Congress demanded answers to the following questions:
- What initiated the investigation that OCR is conducting?
- What criteria must be met for the Department to launch a formal investigation?
- During the investigation process, how are you planning to engage the community of Southlake and inform the parents and local leaders about the investigation?
- What is the estimated cost to the taxpayer to conduct this investigation?
- At any point, or at the end of an investigation, is any information sent to or referred to the Department of Justice?