A ban on teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state of Florida has been approved by the Florida Board of Education (BOE) Thursday. The legislation was initiated by the state’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, which specified American history in public schools is to be based on “universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
The proposed rule stated teachers were to be barred from attempting “…to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” but did not mention CRT specifically, reports Just the News. However, during the hearing at Florida State College’s downtown Jacksonville campus, the BOE voted to adopt an amended rule which added the specific ban of “critical race theory.”
The amendment sponsored by board member Tom Grady in a split voice vote of the seven-member BOE prohibits “fiction or theory masquerading as facts, such as critical race theory.” The amended rule was subsequently adopted unanimously.
The Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers union, was among critics arguing that the word “indoctrinate” in the rule can be interpreted by partisan ideologues any way they want and called on the BOE to expand the definition of “significant historical events” beyond the lone cited example, the Holocaust.
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