On Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill with a last-minute amendment that would ban racism, sexism, politicization, and joining many other states in fighting CRT propaganda and penalize teachers with fines.
Reports from Post Millennial:
The Arizona State House passed a bill Wednesday banning critical race theory indoctrination in public schools. The legislation, if approved by the Senate, would prohibit schools from promoting state-sanctioned racism and Arizona teachers could face a $5,000 penalty for teaching the ideology, if not counter balanced with an opposing perspective.
Rep. Michelle Udall R-Mesa said of the amendments to Senate Bill 1532, “We cannot allow children in our public schools to be taught that they are not created equal, that their skin color, ethnicity or sex somehow determines their character or actions. No forms of racism should enter our classrooms. Biased teaching needs to be stopped.”
Udall, who chairs the House Education Committee, introduced the amendment on Wednesday, which caused hours of debate, mostly from Democrats. The measure passed on a party-line vote.
BREAKING: Arizona State House passes a bill banning critical race theory indoctrination in public schools. The legislation, which moves to the Senate, would prohibit schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and state-sanctioned racism.
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The bill takes aim directly at the tenets of critical race theory, which places race at the center of all historical and political topics and posits that some racial groups are inherently racist while others are the victims of institutional discrimination.
Arizona is one of several states seeking to adopt policies against the teaching of critical race theory, with both Arizona and Tennessee seeing similar legislation pass the state house this week.
The states Idaho, Utah, and Arkansas in passing the bans, while Oklahoma and Texas have similar legislation in the works.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed his state’s education department to ban the teaching of critical race theory in Florida public schools.
“Florida civics curriculum will incorporate foundational concepts with the best materials, and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory and other unsubstantiated theories,” DeSantis said. “Let me be clear, there’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money. So we will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum and we will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world class civics education.”