Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning CRT in Public Schools and State Agencies
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R.) announced Friday that he had signed a bill preventing public schools and government entities from requiring training in critical race theory.
Ducey, a Republican, said in a statement after signing Bill 2906 that the CRT suggests that people are “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” according to Phoenix’s FOX 10.
“Here in Arizona, we will continue to be leaders in civic education and teach important lessons about our country’s history,” Ducey said.
He also signed the House Bill 2035, which calls for program transparency so parents can monitor what their children are learning, especially in controversial areas such as sex education. “Parents should have the right to know what their children are learning at school” Ducey wrote.
Republican lawmakers celebrated Ducey’s signing of the bill. US Representative Debbie Lasko from Arizona wrote that it is “great to see @dougducey signed a law to prevent critical race theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities!” “
“The CRT offers a distorted version of history to divide our nation and dismantle our institutions. It has no place in Arizona, ”she added.
Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Biggs (R., Arizona) called it a “HUGE win for all Arizonans.” “Thanks to the AZ legislature for pushing this forward! ” he added.
The move comes after the president of the second largest teachers union in America denied that critical race theory is taught in K-12 schools in remarks last week in which she vowed to fight “culture warriors” who try to censor a realistic retelling of history from the country.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), told a conference that the union was preparing litigation and was “ready to go.”
“Let’s be clear: Critical Race Theory is not taught in elementary or secondary schools. It is a method of examination taught in law school and college that helps analyze whether systemic racism exists, ”Weingarten mentionned, according to a copy of the comments posted on the union’s website.
The implementation of the theory in classrooms nationwide has sparked an uproar from parents, some of whom have received emails from their children’s schools about “Decenter whiteness at home“or have school-aged children who have been read”a book on whitenessWhich suggests that “color matters” and encourages them to dissect “the painful truth” about their “own family” regarding potential racist behavior.
Nearly 20 states have made proposals to ban CRT. At least six states have already passed laws that limit how teachers can discuss race in the classroom, while nearly a dozen more are considering similar measures, according to the Daily call.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Education, the country’s largest teachers’ union, voted last week to conduct oppositional research on groups that oppose the use of critical race theory in school curricula.