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Texas Senate advances bill to restrict how race, nation's history is taught in schools

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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While the Texas Legislature remains embroiled in a battle over election laws, Republican senators have advanced a bill that would reshape how social studies teachers can discuss race and current events in their classrooms.

(CNN)While the Texas Legislature remains embroiled in a battle over election laws, Republican senators have advanced a bill that would reshape how social studies teachers can discuss race and current events in their classrooms.

"Incredibly, Senate Bill 3 specifies that a teacher may not discuss current events or controversial issues of public policy or social affairs unless the educator 'strives to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective,'" Democratic state Sen. Judith Zaffirini said during Senate debate on the bill.

Opponents of critical race theory and similar teaching requirements have slammed it as poisoning discussions on racism.

Former President Donald Trump opposed the teaching of the New York Times' 1619 Project -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning project that reframes American history around the date of August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America's shores -- in schools and his administration banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to critical race theory, calling it "divisive, anti-American propaganda. "

The Texas debate is just the latest in state legislatures over critical race theory in the education system.

At least two dozen states have banned critical race theory or introduced legislation to ban it from being taught in the classroom.

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