East Greenbush, NY- Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-led a letter with Representative Brandon Williams (NY-22) and her New York Republican colleagues to New York Governor Kathy Hochul demanding answers on a recent report from Parents Defending Education exposing significant funding from Communist China to 12 New York school systems and the New York Department of Education. Stefanik along with her colleagues are demanding for immediate action in response to the evidence of Communist China’s infiltration into New York’s Department of Education totaling to $375,575 in CCP connected funding.

In the letter, the lawmakers state, “The threats of ‘Confucius Institutes’ are well documented. Back in 2020, the State Department designated these programs a “foreign mission” of the Chinese government. The CCP is using the same playbook to further expand their information operations in our K-12 classrooms. We cannot sit idle and allow China to infiltrate our classrooms and communities through these controversial programs. We are writing to not only share this dangerous situation, but to request that you address this concerning report and the underlying issue of CCP influence in New York K-12 education.”

“Communist China is invading America’s classrooms, funneling over $17 million from CCP financial institutions into K-12 schools right in our backyard. New York’s Far Left Democrat leaders like Governor Hochul are asleep at the wheel, instead of prioritizing their Far Left Wishlist, they should be putting an immediate stop to the flow of cash for CCP access to the 12 New York school systems including the New York Department of Education.” Stated Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “This alarming discovery is an egregious breach of both our national security and an attempt by China to indoctrinate our next generation.” 

Stefanik and Williams are joined by Representatives Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Claudia Tenney (NY-24), Mike Lawler (NY-17), Anthony D’Esposito (NY-04), and Marc Molinaro (NY-19). 

Read the full letter HERE.