HR 1: For The People?
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, did you know the 117th Congress has a new bill to revamp voting and elections? It’s HR 1 and named “For the People Act”.
This bill embeds ‘education’ 56 times. The majority of the references center on higher education institutions. However, secondary education institutions are also embedded. This “For the People Act” is almost 800 pages long!
Currently, HR 1 is related to only 1 other bill, HR 65 (Same Day Registration Act of 2021). That bill seeks to allow voters to register and vote on the same day. Also, currently, HR 1 is in 11 House of Representative Committees. Education and Labor is one Committee. There is one sponsor, Rep. Sarbanes and 2 co-sponsors, Rep. Pelosi and Rep. Lofgren.
Below is the official Congressional summary for HR 1:
“To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.”
Warriors, I must pause here and point out that every single Congressional member swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, did they not?! How can they be so inept (or dumbed down) as to swear that oath when NOWHERE in the Constitution does it state we are a DEMOCRACY?!
How Education Is Embedded In HR 1:
Warriors, in the introduction for HR 1, it tells you that Section 1901 (Subtitle N) (begins on Page 218) under “Promoting Voter Access” involves higher education institutions. These include HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges/Universities) and Tribal access.
Page 52 points out that upon registration at a higher education institution, the student would automatically be registered to vote. Schools must affirm that the students are American citizens to be eligible to vote. Read carefully between pages 52 and 54. By the end of page 54, it appears that enrollment status is tied to agreement to vote or declining to vote.
Page 56 refers to automatic registration at a higher education institution is an ‘opportunity’. Again, did the Congressional members not read the Constitution?
Page 57 is where the secondary education first appears. Here, it’s in the form of education data tracking as laid out in the 2007 “America COMPETES Act” (Public Law 110-69) the real title of this law is ‘‘America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act’’.
Pages 59 and 60 will show that any higher education institution participating in the voter registration is considered a State Contributing Agency. This is where distance learning is embedded.
Page 61 is where the U.S. Secretary of Education is first mentioned as being involved. Page 72 lays out the grant system that higher education institutions can be eligible for as found on Page 73.
Page 94 is where you can find more about voters and secondary education under Part 9, Section 1901 (not to be confused with the Section 1901 mentioned earlier). Here’s the description of Part 9. Section 1901:
“PART 9—PROVIDING VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SEC. 1091. PILOT PROGRAM FOR PROVIDING VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS PRIOR TO GRADUATION.”
Warriors, read from Page 94 to 97 very carefully, for it’s here you’ll see the voting age is dropped to 16 years of age and the alignment to the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (aka ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).
Page 218 is where Section 1901 Subtitle N begins. This ties back to the use of higher education institutions as voter registration points. That stated, this is where the infrastructure and technology changes begin. You’ll find more out on Page 219 to 223. (*Note on Page 223, notice how the education location may be considered the student’s point of registration and not the physical home address or location of the student.) Over on Pages 372 and 373 you’ll find out the costs and other infrastructure/technology updates. Price tag for this part is a ‘mere’ $20 million.
While the image below is from my archives on a different topic, notice how the data systems for the States were using higher education institutions as hubs. How much MORE will HR 1 expand on this??
Lastly, And, Probably Most Disturbing About HR 1:
One Page 382, you can see in large print the following: “Subtitle C—Enhancing Protections for United States Democratic Institutions SEC. 3201. NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PROTECT UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS.” Warriors, it’s here that the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary is included in a planning capacity for saving our democracy’s institutions. Don’t stop there, read on to Page 391 and learn how a new expansion in federal government is involved!
Warriors, I hope you’ll take the time to go over HR 1 for yourselves. I hope you take into consideration the out and out attack on our Civics, Social Studies, and, History has been happening since the CCSS Machine rolled into America. I hope you understand that lowering the age of voting will NOT preserve our nation. It WILL destroy it. I hope you also will help folks remember we are NOT a Democracy, but a Constitutional Republic.
Article posted with permission from Lynne Taylor