Idaho’s State Senate has passed a bill that has already passed in the Idaho House banning the teaching of “Critical Race Theory.”
The bill, HB 377 will now be sent to Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little.
Republican Senator Carl Crabtree and said “this bill does not intend to prohibit discussion in an open and free way. It is a preventative measure. It does not indicate that we have a rampant problem in Idaho. But we don’t want to get one.”
The bill itself states “no public institution of higher education, school district, or public school, including a public charter school, shall direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the following tenets: That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior; That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or 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 same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.”
It continues “no distinction or classification of students shall be made on account of race or color. No course of instruction or unit of study directing or otherwise compelling students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the tenets identified in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be used or introduced in any institution of higher education, any school district, or any public school, including a public charter school.”
Recently, parents whose children attend Thomas Jefferson High School pushed back on critical race theory, arguing that widespread activism will ‘decimate’ academic excellence in the U.S.