- Oklahoma Board of Education approves ban on Critical Race Theory in schools
- Teachers who defy the ban could have their licenses suspended
- State legislature approved law banning CRT from being taught in K-12 schools
- Last week, head of American Federation of Teachers threatened to sue states
- At least eight states have moved to ban CRT from being taught in schools
Public school teachers in Oklahoma could have their teaching licenses suspended for teaching certain concepts about race and racism under new rules approved Monday by the State Board of Education.
With just one opposing vote, the board approved emergency rules to comply with a bill approved by the Republican-led legislature this year that purports to ban so-called ‘Critical Race Theory.’
The new law prohibits public school teachers of grades K-12 from teaching eight different concepts about race, including that an individual, by virtue of his or race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
It also prohibits teaching that any individual should feel discomfort or guilt on account of his or her race or sex.
The Republican authors of the bill said it targeted Critical Race Theory, which is a way of thinking about America’s history through the lens of racism, although there is no mention in the bill of Critical Race Theory, which is not typically taught in K-12 schools.