Legislative and administrative actions regarding CRT

As of: August 13, 2021

Pablo Robles Joint Unified School District, California -- Resolution passed by the school board explicitly denounces CRT and bans certain concepts from being taught, such as that “racism is racial prejudice plus power,” that individuals are “either a member of the oppressor class or the oppressed class because of race or sex,” and that the concept of meritocracy was created as a tool of oppression.


Successful bans by legislatures

State legislatures that have/are considering a ban or that have pre-filed bills for next session

  • Alabama· Rep. Pringle (R), has pre-filed a bill for next legislative session that would limit the concepts about race and sex that public schools and universities can teach Alabama Board of Education is also debating whether to ban CRT, will vote in August

  • Arkansas· Senate Bill 627 passed. It limits how most state agencies can train employees about “divisive concepts” Bills limiting how racism is taught in schools (HB1218) and banning the 1619 project in schools (HB1231) have failed thus far

  • Kentucky -- Two bills have been pre-filed for the next legislative session: · BR 60 would ban certain concepts from being taught in public K-12 schools and establish financial penalties for disobeying. It also bans mandatory diversity training at public universities. · BR 69 would ban concepts from being taught both in public K-12 schools and in public universities; institutions that disobey would be legally liable.

  • Louisiana --House Bill 564 would ban “divisive concepts” from being taught in public schools and public postsecondary institutions

  • Maine -- HP 395 would ban certain subjects/concepts from being taught in public schools

  • Michigan -- Senate Bill 460 would ban (and withhold 5% of state funding to districts who do not cooperate) the teaching of the 1619 Project and specified concepts in public schools

  • Missouri -- House Bill 952 would ban certain concepts from being taught in state agencies, school districts, public postsecondary institutions, and state-funded charter schools, including specified curriculum (1619 Project, Learning for Justice Curriculum by SPLC, We Stories, programs by Educational Equity Consultants, BLM at School, Teaching for Change, Zinn Education Project). State funding would be withheld from entities who violate these rules.

  • Mississippi -- House Resolution 62 and Senate Resolution 56 condemn critical race theory but do not address schools specifically

  • North Carolina -- House Bill 324 would ban certain concepts from being taught in public schools and charter schools

  • Ohio· House Bill 322 states that teachers who discuss current events must introduce multiple perspectives, bans extra credit for political advocacy work, bans private funding for curriculum deemed unacceptable by bill, bans state agencies and school districts from teaching certain concepts · House Bill 327 would ban school districts and state agencies from teaching various “divisive concepts,” would withhold state funding to districts that disobeyed

  • Pennsylvania -- House Bill 1532 would ban public postsecondary institutions, state and local governments, and school districts from teaching certain concepts, a violation would result in a loss of state funding

  • Rhode Island -- H 6070 would prohibit teaching of “divisive concepts” in schools, state and municipal contracts and training programs

  • Texas -- The Texas State Senate passed SB3, which removes requirements related to teaching the history of women’s suffrage, Indigenous people, the civil rights movement, and slavery

  • West Virginia -- House Bill 2595 would ban state employees or contractors, as well as schools, from teaching “divisive concepts” and would withhold state funding for violations

  • Wisconsin· Senate Bill 411 would prohibit certain concepts from being taught in public schools and charter schools, with violations resulting in a loss of 10% of state funding. Also requires curricula used to be posted online. · Senate Bill 410 would restrict the types of racism/sexism training that state agencies can conduct · Senate Bill 409 would ban certain concepts from being taught in University of Wisconsin System and the Technical College System and restricts permissible employee training, with violations resulting in funding cuts

Federal-level action being considered·

  • The “Saving History Act of 2021” would withhold federal funding, with some exceptions, from schools that teach the 1619 Project.

  • The “Ending Critical Race Theory in D.C. Public Schools Act,” introduced by a representative from Wisconsin, would ban certain concepts from being taught in D.C. public and charter schools.

  • The “Stop CRT Act” would withhold federal funding from schools and universities that promote “race-based theories.”

  • The Senate passed an amendment to the budget resolution with Manchin’s support blocking federal funding from being used to teach CRT in pre-K and K-12 schools.

  • The “PEACE Act” would prohibit federal American History and civics education programming funds from being used to teach “divisive concepts.”

  • The “Protecting Students from Racial Hostility Act” would amend Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make the teaching of “divisive concepts” discriminatory, establishes a system for reporting related complaints.

Actions taken by state boards of education

  • Florida -- Rule amendment here

  • Georgia -- Resolution here

  • Utah -- New rules here, prompted by resolutions passed by the Utah Legislature instructing the board to address CRT in new rules

  • Oklahoma-- New emergency rules prompted by HB 1775 here.

Actions taken by other state actors

  • Montana -- State Attorney General ruled that teaching CRT is discriminatory and unlawful, schools or public workplaces that offer CRT training could lose state funding or be liable to lawsuits

  • South Dakota· The state Appropriations Committee sent a letter to the state Department of Education encouraging them to reject federal grants for teaching history and civics, noting that they expect to address CRT next legislative session · Gov Noem signed “1776 Pledge

Actions taken by local school boards

  • Cobb County, Georgia -- Cobb County “will not implement Critical Race Theory, also called CRT, in our schools – not under that name nor any other name; nor will we be using the 1619 Project in our schools – not under that name nor under any other name.”

  • Cherokee County, Georgia -- “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by vote of the members of the Cherokee County Board of Education at a duly called meeting held on May 20, 2021, the Cherokee County School Board and Cherokee County School District in pursuit of the aforementioned goals and objectives will NOT implement “Critical Race Theory,” also called CRT, in our schools – not under that name nor by any other name, nor will we be using The 1619 Project in our schools – not under that name nor by any other name.”

  • Brunswick County, North Carolina - “This policy shall ensure that social theories of any kind (i.e. Holocaust Denial Theory, 9/11 Theory, Critical Race Theory) are not presented to students unless approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education. It is the responsibility of the Board to ensure that curricular standards are taught using well documented, factual resources and not opinion or conjecture.”

  • Gallatin County, Kentucky -- Superintendent stated that the board believes “no individual is ‘inherently racist, sexist or oppressive’ due to their race or sex, ‘whether consciously or unconsciously.’ Agenda item VI.I. from the June 15 BOE meeting “Discussion/Action to Ban Critical Race Theory in Gallatin County School District” was a statement to affirm the belief and commitment to ensure every child’s needs will be met. Furthermore, the effort was to not create greater divisions among students and staff through the promotion of CRT.”

  • Chesterfield County, Virginia -- School board chairman said that “critical race theory is not supported by members of the board. In Chesterfield, our goal is unity, not division.”

  • Sullivan County, Tennessee -- High school teacher Matthew Hawn was recently fired for assigning “The First White President” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and for showing a video of a spoken word poem called “White Privilege” by Kyla Lacey in his Contemporary Issues class.

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