Idaho Could Become 1st State to Ban Critical Race Theory in Schools as Legislature Passes Bill

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The Republican-controlled Idaho state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would ban public and charter schools and universities from including critical race theory in their curriculums. The measure passed the Senate on a 27-8 vote after the state House approved it 57-12 last Thursday. It is now headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Brad Little. House Bill 377, which concerns “Dignity and Nondiscrimination in Public Education,” says the “tenets of critical race theory … exacerbate and inflame divisions on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or other criteria in ways contrary to the unity of the nation and the well-being of the state of Idaho and its citizens.” The measure forbids teachers from forcing students “to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to ideologies that claim any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.” Nor are they allowed to promote the theory that “individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members” of the group.

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