Texas “Critical Race Theory” Bill Limiting Teaching of Current Events Signed into Law

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June 15, 2021 – Gov. Greg Abbott has signed the controversial bill that prescribes how Texas teachers can talk about current events and America’s history of racism in the classroom, according to Texas Legislature Online. His signature makes Texas one of a handful of states across the country that have passed such legislation, which aims to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in K-12 public school classrooms.Many educators and education advocacy groups had opposed the bill, saying it limits honest conversations about race and racism in American society and will force teachers to equivocate on controversial or sensitive topics that will result in less educated students. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneCritical race theory is an academic term that studies how race and racism have impacted social and local structures in the United States. Over the past year, GOP leaders have decried its teaching in public schools, pointing to limited examples in various school districts across the state. In 2020, former President Donald Trump had banned federal employees from training that discusses “critical race theory” or “white privilege,” calling it propaganda.Several versions of the bill passed back and forth between the two chambers as Texas Democrats raised...