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H.R. 287: CRT Transparency Act

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Should public schools also mean publicly-posted lesson plans?


Republicans have criticized schools for teaching what they call “critical race theory,” or CRT, particularly since around 2020. Previously a relatively little-known academic concept almost exclusively associated with higher education and universities, the philosophy teaches that racism is systemic in the U.S. and embedded into institutions, rather than the product of some individuals’ prejudices.

It’s true that many schools saw increased classroom discussions or readings about race, particularly after George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 and subsequent national protests and debate. However, there is little evidence that critical race theory *itself *is being taught in K-12 public schools.

Nonetheless, a number of Republican-led states have banned it, including FloridaIowa, and Oklahoma. When Republicans say “CRT” what …

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Scott Fitzgerald

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 11, 2023
Length: 3 pages
Jan 11, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jan 11, 2023

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26 Cosponsors (26 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted (details)


Jan 11, 2023

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