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District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

Love America Act and Seeks to Critical Race Theory

District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

Can love overcome hate when it comes to the teaching of critical race theory? With today’s Americans for Limited Government minute, I’m Catherine Mortensen. Senator Josh Hawley thinks so. He is proposing the “Love America Act” to fight the teachings of critical race theory. Hawley told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that his legislation would combat the “misinformation the Left is spreading” that the United States is “a racist country” that’s “systemically evil.” “That’s not true. This is a great nation. We’re a nation of liberators. It’s time to reclaim that and to teach our children who we are, who they are, and that’s why my bill would say, ‘Listen: If a school district gets federal money, you’ve got to teach the basic truth about the country, [such as] the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration, [and] the Pledge of Allegiance. These are the things, the documents, that express the ideals that unite us as Americans. You’ve got to replace the lies with the truth, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”… (Excerpts from Americans for Limited Government)

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Florida | July 22, 2021

CRT Opposition Grows Stronger, Bolder, and More Organized: ‘You Have to Fight Fire With Fire’

Florida | July 22, 2021

Despite growing opposition to critical race theory (CRT) and a growing number of states passing laws to ban it from classrooms, education and teachers’ unions are vowing to teach the controversial subject matter anyway. But one outspoken Florida mom says it’s time to “fight fire with fire.”

“I think parents have realized you have to fight fire with fire,” Quisha King told the Epoch Times. “You have to be as strong, as forceful, and as unrelenting as they are.”

King is the Florida mother who gained notoriety when she blasted the Duval County school board with strong opposition to CRT. In response to the National Education Association’s threat to go after those who dared oppose CRT, King said “bring it on.”

In an effort to help citizens fight back against the behemoth education system, Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) is now distributing a 46-page booklet (pdf) teaching parents and students how to get organized in their effort to fight back.

As described on its website, “the United We Stand toolkit is part of TPPA’s campaign to encourage people to attend their local school board meetings to oppose CRT, and to urge a full return to in-classroom instruction.”….

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 21, 2021

Biden Education Department Says It Was an ‘Error’ to Push CRT Activist Handbook

District of Columbia | July 21, 2021

The White House said that it was a mistake to promote an activist handbook that included critical race theory (CRT) in schools.

“The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions,” the Department of Education (DOE) said in a statement, referring to a book from the Abolitionist Teaching Network called “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”

The agency added that “it was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.”

The Abolitionist Teaching Network’s Twitter, which uses jargon that’s heavily used by CRT proponents or individuals within the “antiracist” movement, describes itself as an activist group that promotes “liberation” for “Black, Brown, and Indigenous folx, inclusive of all intersecting identities.”…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Arkansas, Texas | July 21, 2021

Military Institutions Dodge Questions on Critical Race Theory

Arkansas, Texas | July 21, 2021

U.S. military institutions dodged questions about the role of Critical Race Theory (CRT), a topic that recently triggered heated exchanges between conservative legislators and defense leaders. The Epoch Times reached out to military bases regarding CRT cases reported via a whistleblower program launched at the end of May by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Academies were also contacted for more curriculum details to support defense leaders’ argument that teaching CRT fosters an open-minded military. In response, the U.S. Naval Academy commented without addressing the CRT question, and West Point confirmed receiving and working on the request but didn’t comment. In addition, the Office of the Secretary of Defense press operations and local military base deferred to each other in response to a CRT case inquiry… (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Virginia | July 18, 2021

Virginia PTA Leader Ousted After Apparently Wishing Death on Anti-Critical Race Theory Parents

Virginia | July 18, 2021

A Virginia Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) official resigned after she was seen on video at a protest making incendiary remarks about parents who oppose critical race theory.

The PTA, in a statement over the weekend, said that the PTA’s “executive committee requested and received the resignation of Michelle Leete, who served as Vice President of Training.”

“The actions & rhetoric of Ms. Leete & all of the like-minded partisan supporters of the SB are deeply disappointing. It evinces a deep lack of concern for children & parents, particularly where the wellbeing of children & families clash with political considerations,” reads a tweet from the organization.

Leete was recorded at a counter-protest criticizing those who oppose critical race theory (CRT), an offshoot of the European Marxist school of critical theory, being taught inside classrooms….

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Virginia | July 13, 2021

Virginia PTA Tries To Disband Fairfax Chapter Because Its Leaders Oppose Critical Race Theory

Virginia | July 13, 2021

On June 6, parents of students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) elected a new executive board for the TJ Parent, Teacher, and Student Association (PTSA).

Four of these newly elected members — including the first black association president, Harry Jackson, Second Vice President Jun Wang, Treasurer Himanshu Verma, and Corresponding Secretary Hanning Chen — are members of the Coalition for TJ, a parents’ group that organized last year in opposition to the Fairfax County School Board’s plan to eliminate race-blind, merit-based admissions to the formerly elite public high school. They also oppose teaching critical race theory.

The Virginia education establishment decided they couldn’t abide parents opposing their ideological hobbyhorses, even if parents who elected a parent association board with an unprecedented level of racial representation. So they plan to dissolve the parents’ association and elect another. Understand, the newly elected board hasn’t even met yet….

(Excerpts from the Federalist)

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