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Milwaukee area teachers oppose GOP bills to restrict racial, sexual discussions in class

June 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Across the nation, teachers are organizing a "National Day of Action to Teach the Truth."A year after a historic social justice movement, several states, including Wisconsin

We say 'yes' to academic freedom, and we say 'yes' to teaching the truth," said Bob Peterson, president of the Milwaukee Public School Board. On Saturday, June 12, teachers, students and school board members in the Milwaukee area held a news conference to oppose legislation they say would hurt students and schools.

So learning about that history is going to shape who we become," said Rebeca Acosta, a high school junior from Milwaukee Public Schools. Last week, State Republican lawmakers introduced new bills seeking to bar schools from teaching ideas linked to Critical Race Theory, the decades-old idea that racism is inherently built into society. "We need to teach students the basics to be proficient, not teach divisive concepts," said Rep. Rick Gundrum, R-Slinger, during a news conference on June 3. The bills don't directly mention the concept of Critical Race Theory, but they prohibit teaching that one race or sex is superior to another.

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