Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today released the following statement after the Board of Regents unanimously voted to implement Hochul’s Education Department’s proposal to defund New York public schools if they do not remove and rename the names of their historic mascots.

In New York’s 21st District, this would impact Cambridge Central School DistrictFonda-Fultonville Central School Districtand Glens Falls City School District, among others.

“Hochul’s Education Department is willing to defund our children’s schools to enforce its woke agenda,” Stefanik said. “Upstate New York and the North Country take pride in our history and forcing them to replace these historical mascots is prioritizing the Far Left mob at the expense of our students’ education. Schools should be focused on education, and, while our local teachers and administrators are working tirelessly to educate our students after pandemic lockdowns deprived them of educational and developmental opportunities, the Hochul Administration’s priorities are entirely misplaced. As New York’s most senior member on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I will stand against the Far Left woke agenda and provide critical oversight to ensure schools in New York’s 21st District have the funds to equip our next generation.”