critical race theory

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History Thursday: 1619

BY: - December 23, 2021

You’d have to be completely out of the political loop — and I suspect you aren’t, if you are reading this — to not have heard of “The 1619 Project” and the brouhaha surrounding it. A publication of journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times, “1619” first appeared in an August 2019 issue of […]

Virginia parents, GOP lawmakers vow national push for ‘parents’ rights’ in public schools

BY: - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and Virginia parents trying to capitalize on their success in the November election on Tuesday gathered across from the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to mask mandates and lessons about racism in public schools. The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, […]

Race theory education bill gets changes sponsors hope make it more ‘positive’

BY: - November 1, 2021

One of two bills currently in the Ohio legislature attempting to address “critical race theory” in schools has received some changes sponsors say are in response to criticism. In the last year, conservative activists and politicians have launched an attack on “critical race theory,” which generally is not taught at the K-12 level and is […]

Ohio School Boards Association ends affiliation with national group over request to probe threats

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Race education bills get big turnout in legislature, most urging opposition

BY: - September 24, 2021

Both bills that would change the way racial issues are taught in schools appeared in an Ohio House committee this week, and the overwhelming majority of citizen speakers wanted to see the proposed legislation go away. House bills 322 and 327 were up for committee consideration on Wednesday, and Republicans amended HB 322 to specifically […]

Dueling protests take on race theory, state school board members and legislators join in

BY: - September 22, 2021

The Ohio Board of Education met for its September meeting on Tuesday, but outside the building, protesters on both sides of the heated debate over race in education stood in the rain saying their piece. Board members didn’t just attend the meeting inside, however. Dr. Jenny Kilgore took time before the meeting to stand with […]

State school board to ask AG for opinion on anti-racism resolution

BY: and - July 15, 2021

In the weeks after the death of George Floyd spurred a nationwide movement against racism and police brutality, members of the Ohio Board of Education passed a resolution to acknowledge racial inequities and urge school officials to drive out racism in the education system. The state school board is now pushing back against the resolution […]

State Board of Ed to consider allowing race theory discussion

BY: - July 13, 2021

Ohio’s State Board of Education is being asked to remove a “limitation on verbal public participation” on the topics of “critical race theory” and the “1619 project” at a meeting Tuesday. The term “critical race theory” has been used, typically by academics but more recently by conservatives, to discuss how supposedly race-neutral public policy can […]

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Right-wing ‘critical race theory’ political charade has people in an uproar over a nonexistent threat

BY: - July 7, 2021

The trending outrage of conservative media outlets, think tanks, law firms, political PACs, far right activists and grievance-peddling Republicans, raises the question: “What are they so afraid of?” Clearly, the well-orchestrated crusade to demonize “critical race theory” is about scaring the bejesus out of the GOP base. Fox News made critical race theory its No. […]

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 6, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]