KENNEWICK, Washington (LifeSiteNews) – A Washington state school board voted unanimously last week to remove Critical Race Theory (CRT) from lesson plans.
Kennewick School Board approved a policy that bars teachers from telling students that their value derives from their race last Wednesday. The district approved the measure in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The policy further states that students should learn “factual” history and places a ban on “indoctrination” and “the belief that the United States is fundamentally or systemically racist.”
“Neither preferential nor disparaging treatment shall be applied to learning about any race, and no student shall be taught that their skin color determines their ability to succeed; that their race determines their moral character; or that their race make them responsible for past transgressions of their race,” the policy states. “Moreover, no student shall be taught that their socio-economic status or U.S. citizenship status makes them superior or inferior to others.”
“Criteria used to guide academic inquiry into matters of race as aligned to district standards and curriculum shall seek the same neutrality, objectivity and educational effectiveness expected in other areas of the curriculum,” the policy continues.
The board decided on the measure after discussing it in a June retreat, the Tri-City Herald reported. Speaking to the Herald, school board member Gabe Galbraith maintained that while the policy could have been more strongly worded, it was what was agreed upon in the June meeting. “Anytime in politics, there’s give and take. Could this have been stronger? I think so. But we had a great discussion in June, and everyone was able to voice their concerns and thoughts, and I think we were able to capture that in this policy,” he said.
With kids in schools across America being used as pawns to advance the radical left's woke political agenda, the Minneapolis Teachers Union has taken this effort to a new low, now blatantly targeting white teachers specifically because of the color of their skin.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT), along with the leaders of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Minneapolis Public Schools, expressing your disgust with the union's illegal, unconstitutional embrace of reverse racism in their bargaining practices!
Thirty-thousand students were forced out of the classroom this past spring when the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers went on a strike for nearly three weeks, demanding higher pay, reduced class sizes, and increased diversity in hiring practices, among other things.
The strike finally came to an end on March 25th when the union and Minneapolis Public Schools reached a tentative new contract agreement addressing many of the members' concerns, but one particular provision was eventually identified for its inherently problematic embrace of blatant, race-based discrimination...
The new agreement stipulates that, going forward, white teachers will be LAID OFF first as a means to advance the liberal MFT's "diversity" agenda.
LEO TERRELL on Minneapolis teachers union agreement that stipulates white teachers would be laid off first: "It's racist and should be invalidated immediately." pic.twitter.com/DFjRFOwLdj— Martin Golobic (@golobicm) August 16, 2022
This plan completely disregards attributes such as seniority, qualifications, or job performance, and, instead, values teachers' general worthiness to sustain their livelihood based on their skin color alone -- a glaringly racist, discriminatory practice that goes hand-in-hand with the woke left's agenda of hate, division, and indoctrination in our children's schools.
Not only is this alarmingly regressive, it is also illegal AND unconstitutional.
The MFT's agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools is a clear violation of both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin") and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (which requires all citizens to be treated equally under the law, and remain free from discriminatory policies that seek to harm them based on personal characteristics like race).
But if a major teachers union can somehow justify and openly endorse such a bold-faced transgression against a specific race without consequence, anyone can (and eventually will) try to do the same, and it's only a matter of time until a regressive racial policy like this affects YOU.
While the MFT's latest move may be racist towards white teachers, specifically, it could ultimately prove a bellwether for similar policies in other cities and states that may seek to discriminate against those of other races, as well.
No American (be they a teacher, or anything else) should be judged by such attributes; rather, it is the content of their character, and, in this case, their professional abilities, qualifications, and experience, that should determine their value in the workplace.
Anything less would be a grave injustice, but that's exactly what liberal teachers unions like the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers are attempting to do.
This is not only a dangerous precedent to set, but a patently un-American one, and it's time for men and women of all races, in every corner of our country, to take a stand and say "ENOUGH'S ENOUGH!"
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the MFT, AFT, and Minneapolis Public Schools expressing your opposition to their racist, un-American agreement targeting white teachers simply for being white, and let them know. that you stand against ALL forms of woke racism in education and the workplace!
This agreement is a slap in the face to everything America is all about, and harkens back to a much darker period in our history which we should've turned away from a long time ago.
But with so-called "progressives" more concerned with being "woke" than upholding core American values, no workplace -- not even our schools -- is safe for anyone.
Let the MFT, AFT, and Minneapolis Public Schools know that the American people oppose their attempts to divide us further by race, and that woke radicalism has no place in Minneapolis classrooms, or any American classroom!
Galbraith also stated that while the policy does not prohibit teachers from discussing historical events in a nuanced way, it does introduce accountability when political opinions are discussed.
Violations of the policy are not expected, as it codifies preexisting practice for the school district, though would be “situation specific,” district communications director Rob Chastain told the Herald.
In May 2021, Washington Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed a law that requires all school staff, faculty, board directors, and administrators working at public schools to undergo CRT training. That same month he signed a law that mandated all faculty and staff at public colleges and universities in the state undergo diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism training for the 2022-23 school year.
The presence of CRT in classrooms and teachers’ training sessions has sparked parental backlash and has prompted conservative governors to prohibit its presence in school curricula.
A Florida law that bans the use of CRT in teachers’ training took effect in June, using language similar to the Kennewick School Board’s policy. The law faced a legal challenge before Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed it. Oklahoma passed a law that banned CRT in classrooms last year, and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt launched an investigation into Tulsa Public Schools for violating the law. The district’s accreditation status was demoted, being given “accreditation with warning” for violating the legislation.
In January, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin banned teaching critical race theory in Virginia schools the day of his swearing in. Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senatorial candidate Eric Schmitt subpoenaed several school districts over questionnaires dealing with critical race theory and gender theory in June.
Last year, a teacher for Indianapolis Public Schools was put on leave for exposing the district’s CRT curriculum; the district maintained that it did not teach CRT.