MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Assembly passed Tuesday.
The measure approved on a party line vote would also have to pass the state Senate before it would head to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, where it almost certainly would be vetoed.
State Representative Jim Steineke commented how this ruling and how important it is to protect children’s education so that they can become informed citizens. Saying, “Over the past year, critical race theory (CRT) and other backwards ideologies have crept into classrooms all across Wisconsin…”
Other state representatives have made public comments regarding this ruling and the restraints this ruling could bring to the education system. Representative Kristina Shelton of Assembly District 90 says, “Attempting to bottle up the learning experience — to constrict it… only aims to serve the efforts of the
Republican Party and those seeking school privatization.”
The bill has no Democratic co-sponsors, but they don’t have the votes to stop it in the Legislature. Wisconsin’s proposal follows a national trend of Republican-controlled legislatures moving to thwart certain ideas they associate with “critical race theory.”