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  • Alyssa Spencer

The Biden Administration Withholds Key Funding From Schools With Hunting And Archery Programs

President Joe Biden speaks on January 6 to mark the anniversary of the attack on the Capitol in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images

According to a Fox News report, The Biden Administration has confirmed that they are withholding critical federal funding from schools that include hunting and archery programs in their curriculum. This news has already led to some schools already canceling the hunting programs in their curriculum due to the new federal guidelines.

According to the Department of Education, this funding decision is based on their interpretation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), which was passed last year. This interpretation means that funding for shooting sports that are earmarked under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 will be blocked across the country. 

Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX who was one of the GOP senators who aided in the bipartisan effort, wrote a letter alongside Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. to education secretary Miguel Cardona expressing concern that the Department of Education is severely misinterpreting the purpose of the bill. They explained that the provision that allows the federal government to withhold funding is not in reference to the hunting and archery classes. They said it is in reference to School Resource Officer Training, which is funded under a separate provision.

The new federal guidelines have sparked considerable concern amongst hunting education groups. According to Tommy Floyd, the President of the National Archery in the Schools Program, "It's a negative for children. As a former educator of 30-plus years, I was always trying to find a way to engage students," Floyd said. "In many communities, it's a shooting sport, and the skills from shooting sports, that help young people grow to be responsible adults. They also benefit from relationships with role models."

Many GOP leaders are furious with the Biden Administration over the new federal guidelines. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn. stated in an interview with Fox News that “Hunting has been a tradition since the beginning of human history. The Biden admin’s decision to push its elitist values on Tennesseans isn’t going to fly,”

Rep. Dan Bishop. R-N.C. added to the statement saying, “This is shameful, but not at all surprising," Rep. Dan Bishop. R-N.C., added. "The Biden admin will take any opportunity to stomp on your constitutional rights — even down to teaching kids archery and hunting skills.”

Rep. Doug Lamalfa, R-Calif. stated "Enjoying the outdoors is a wonderful activity and interest in hunting, fishing, camping, and other such activities should be encouraged and cultivated from a young age," Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., said. "Withholding authorized funding is ridiculous."

Many are concerned that it will become increasingly difficult to train children in archery and hunting in a responsible way. The International Order of T. Roosevelt tweeted that "This is a direct attack on our outdoor heritage and America's ability to educate the next generation of sportsmen,"


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