Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill this week that bans the teaching of critical race theory in schools across the state.
The bill “prohibits the state and any local governments from requiring their employees to engage in orientation, training or therapy that suggest an employee is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
“When I took office, I vowed to use taxpayer dollars responsibly, and funding training on political commentary is not responsible spending, Ducey said. “I am not going to waste public dollars on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech. House Bill 2906 goes a long way towards protecting Arizonans against divisive and regressive lessons.”
Another bill was passed last week stating that schools can be fined up to $5,000 for teaching students that one race, ethnic group, or sex is superior to another and should therefore be discriminated against on that basis.
“We should be focused on bringing people together, not pushing people apart,” state Rep. Michelle Udall (R-AZ) said. “Critical race theory will do nothing but increase divisiveness in our communities, which I think we can all agree we should try to prevent.”
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