Two amendments have passed the House of Representatives in Arizona regarding the controversial teaching concepts such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the 1619 project. Arizona’s parent groups are hopeful that these amendments will pass in the state senate and move on to the Governor to be signed.
Are Arizona Schools teaching in a biased manner?
Critical Race Theory is a broad theory that is showing up in Arizona classrooms. The Chandler school district has adopted CRT concepts. The 1619 project is reportedly being implemented and actively promoted by groups within the state.
There is a developing situation in the Peoria Unified School District regarding toxic resources available to their technology classes. Peoria Unified School district is one of the largest districts in the state of Arizona and there are reports of troubling content in the TLC classes for the last two years. One lesson summarizes common themes in the LA riots and Ferguson riots by saying “but the damage done to property can be repaired” as if to minimize the violence and loss of life that has occurred in various riots throughout the country. The teaching materials also make unfounded statements regarding law enforcement interactions and show a distinct political bias.
Senate Bill 1074 and 1532
The amendment SB1074 was sponsored by Senator David Livingston and it prohibits the placement of blame or judgment on an individual base on their race, ethnicity, or sex. One of the the more controversial aspect on CRT is that it places blame corporately on individuals base on their immutable attributes rather that their character or actions.
The bill SB1532 goes a step further in ensuring that there is no discrimination in Arizona’s classrooms. Teachers could be fined up to $5,000 if they knowingly mislead students by teaching controversial subjects without offering counterarguments.
The bill’s sponsor Michelle Udall defended the amendment in a hard-hitting interview with left-leaning journalist Brahm Resnick
According to Udall, the bill has been reviewed by attorneys who determine the bill to be constitutional. The bill would require teachers to give context along with controversial topics.
Many teachers we spoke with had positive comments about the proposed legislation and described the biased teaching as “sickening”. Teachers did not feel like they would be at risk of losing money because they were already teaching in a balanced manner. Arizona teaching families felt especially comfortable with legislation that would protect their students and children.
Reach out to your state senators and let them know how you feel about CRT in the classroom.