For the past couple of years, Carroll ISD has been a battleground between progressives and concerned parents at war over critical race theory in schools.

Now, the Department of Education is launching an investigation into the school district.

Background

A community in southeast Tarrant County, Southlake’s Carroll ISD made national headlines in 2018 when a video of students chanting racial slurs at a private residence went viral.

The the District Diversity Council then devised its Cultural Competence Action Plan (CCAP) in an attempt to push liberal positions on race into the schools. Many Southlake parents fought back against this plan, which includes mandatory social justice training as a graduation requirement, auditing of Christian clubs, and reporting of unintended “microaggressions” to a campus diversity council.

Currently, the CCAP has been halted due to litigation.

Meanwhile, the Southlake Families PAC was created and has been incredibly active in funding school board candidates who support their anti-CRT agenda. In the November elections, a majority on the school board was won by Southlake Families candidates.

Federal Response

The U.S. Department of Education is now investigating Southlake’s Carroll ISD for “allegations of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or sex.” No information regarding the specific allegations has been provided by the agency.

The federal investigation into Carroll ISD is following on the heels of the National School Board Association calling parents “domestic terrorists,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland weaponizing the FBI against concerned parents and being accused of lying about it to Congress, and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona saying parents are not the primary stakeholders in their children’s education.

U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R–TX), who represents Southlake in Congress, released a statement this morning blasting the Biden administration for the investigation.

“Biden’s Attorney General has already been caught in a lie-testifying under oath that the Department of Justice was not targeting concerned parents, when evidence is clear he has done just that. And now, the Department of Education is attempting to overturn local decisions and undermine and intimidate local elected leaders to instill federal policies at a suburban school district in North Texas. We cannot allow this administration to operate in the shadows, refusing to answer questions or provide details of their investigations,” said Van Duyne.

“Recently the Southlake community made their stance on the pressure to enforce CRT policies in schools clear with an over 70% vote in favor of an anti CRT candidate. Voting against Democrats and liberal policies is not illegal and does not warrant a federal investigation, and I stand with parents, students, and local leaders to shine a light on this overreach.”

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R–TX) tweeted his disapproval of the situation.

The Southlake Carroll ISD investigation serves as the latest example of the Biden administration weaponizing federal agencies against Texans, after the Justice Department has filed lawsuits against newly signed Texas laws, including the pro-life Heartbeat Act and election security legislation.

This time, the administration is setting its aim on concerned parents.