DOE Apologies for Linking a Radical Handbook to its School Reopening Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is offering its apologies for tying a radical teaching handbook to its guidance to schools on reopening during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Details of Handbook

The handbook in question is from the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). The title of the book is “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.” This book was linked to the Biden administration’s DOE guide to help teachers to reopen safely while meeting the needs of all students.

The guide provides instruction on how educators can use the funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) to mitigate the impact that the pandemic has had on students of color and those from low-income families.


The guide also instructs educators on how to use the billions of dollars in federal funding to catch up the kids with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, and other disproportionately affected students.

Understanding the ATN

According to a report from Fox News, the mission of the ATN is to help teachers learn how to “disrupt whiteness.” The official mission statement guides educators on how to build a school culture that heals and advocates for all students by abolishing forms of whiteness and other types of oppression.

DOE Retracts Guide

Just hours after Fox News reported on the linked ATN guide, the DOE said that they do not endorse the recommendations of ATN.


The DOE admitted that it was a mistake on their part to include the guide in their citation list. The ATN guide is no longer part of the official recommendations for reopening schools provided by the DOE.