GOP Rep. Chip Roy is introducing a bill to defund public schools that practice ‘racist teaching’ by exposing students to ‘divisive concepts’ like critical race theory.
The Combating Racist Teaching in Schools Act, or CRT Act, would block federal funding at K-12 schools that promote such ‘race-based theories.’
The legislation identifies teachings such as those that say ‘any race is inherently superior or inferior to any other race, color, or national origin’; ‘the United States is a fundamentally racist country’; or that ‘the Declaration of Independence or Constitution of the United States are fundamentally racist documents.’
It also targets teachings such as race-based conscious or sub-conscious bias or teachings that members of one race are responsible for actions committed by other members of their race.
‘The American people gave House Republicans the power of the purse in November. We must use this power to stop funneling dollars into an education system that is poisoning the minds of our children and put parents back into the driver’s seat of their kids’ education,’ Roy, R-Texas, said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Roy highlighted the legislation along with another bill he’s leading, the SCHOOL Act, which would send federal education funds to follow a student, rather than a school, meaning they could choose to use those funds on private schools or homeschooling.
The CRT Act is co-sponsored by Reps. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Pete Sessions, R-Texas, Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Dan Bishop, R-N.C., Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and Alex Mooney, R-W.Va.
Numerous instances over the past year have called attention to teachings that focus on institutional and inherent racism in America, causing an uproar among Republican lawmakers.
States like Florida and Georgia banned critical race theory from its classrooms.
In October a study found critical race theory was being taught to millions of American schoolchildren every day.
Researchers at the Manhattan Institute, a right-wing think tank with a record of spotlighting CRT, found 93 percent of respondents, aged 18-20, had learned about at least one aspect of the controversial racial justice theory in schools.
CRT rests on the premise that racial bias — intentional or not — is baked into US laws and institutions, and that the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow racial segregation laws continues to create an uneven playing field for nonwhite Americans.
Conservatives say teaching about the evils of slavery and racism is one thing – focusing on the ‘woke’ CRT ideology is another.