Wisconsin GOP introduces bills barring critical race theory

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FILE – This Oct. 10, 2012, file photo shows a man walking by the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison. A bipartisan commission is planning a months-long celebration of the building’s 100th anniversary with a kick-off event beginning Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of white Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban Wisconsin schools from teaching ideas linked to critical race theory. Reps. Chuck Wichgers, Rick Gundrum and Gae Magnifici and Sen. Andre Jacque introduced the bills Thursday.

The measures would prohibit public schools, University of Wisconsin System institutions and state technical colleges from teaching that one race or sex is superior, that a person is inherently racist by virtue of his or her race or sex, and that anyone bears responsibility for past acts committed by other people of their same race or sex.

Violations could cost schools or the colleges state aid. At least 16 other states are considering or have signed into law similar bills.

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