Rebecca Kleefisch Signs ‘The 1776 Pledge’ to Restore Honest, Patriotic Education in Wisconsin Schools

Kleefisch commits to opposing CRT, anti-American indoctrination in K-12 classrooms

As parents and concerned citizens continue their fight to combat radical, anti-American curriculum in K-12 classrooms, Rebecca Kleefisch, Republican candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, committed to taking concrete steps to restore honest, patriotic education by signing “The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools” from 1776 Action. 

Kleefisch joins more than 300 candidates and current elected officials throughout the country, including current South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, who have also signed the Pledge. Kleefisch is also one of a growing number of female gubernatorial candidates who have signed, including, most recently, Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson, both running in Arizona, and Janice McGeachin, running in Idaho.

Pledge signers commit to taking intentional steps to:

  • Restore honest, patriotic education that cultivates in our children a profound love for our country.
  • Promote a curriculum that teaches that all children are created equal, have equal moral value under God, our Constitution, and the law, and are members of a national community united by our founding principles.
  • Prohibit any curriculum that pits students against one another on the basis of race or sex.
  • Prevent schools from politicizing education by prohibiting any curriculum that requires students to protest and lobby during or after school.

Rebecca Kleefisch issued the following statement about her decision to sign The 1776 Pledge:

“Critical Race Theory is radical and dishonest and has no place in our schools. I am proud to sign ‘The 1776 Pledge’ and commit to restoring fact-based, patriotic education to our classrooms. I was proud to see the Wisconsin Assembly vote to ban CRT in September, and as Governor I would gladly sign that bill into law. We need schools that teach kids skills they need to be part of the 21st Century workforce, not create new social justice warriors.” 

Adam Waldeck, President, 1776 Action, issued the following statement in support of Kleefisch:

“Rebecca Kleefisch is a strong supporter of parental rights in education and a fierce opponent of Critical Race Theory and other anti-American propaganda. As a former Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca knows first-hand what it will take to restore integrity to our school system, and we are excited that she has pledged her support to our mission.” 

1776 Action launched in March 2021 to combat anti-American indoctrination in K-12 schools with support from Dr. Ben Carson (a former member of the 1776 Commission) and Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Through targeted messaging campaigns, the group has helped to advance anti-CRT policies across the country, most notably in Virginia, New Hampshire, and Iowa.