Texas School District Votes to Ban CRT Curriculum

“This policy is going to harm students in the classroom [and] overburden our teachers for a political agenda,” St. John said.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District board voted to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) curriculum in its 17 public schools and virtual school this week, the Washington Examiner reported.
  • “These policies are the product of input from several groups — the board’s policy committee, the district’s attorneys, the board’s attorneys, a committee of administrators and principals and, most importantly, community members,” board member Casey Ford said. 
  • The new policy also included requiring the use of pronouns assigned at birth and students and staff to only be using the bathroom of their birth-assigned gender.
BOARD MEMBER BECKY ST. JOHN OPPOSING THE CRT BAN IN TEXAS SCHOOLS:

“This policy is going to harm students in the classroom [and] overburden our teachers for a political agenda,” St. John said.

BACKGROUND:
  • The meeting stirred up a lot of controversy, as nearly 200 people stepped up to the mic to either support or sound off on the policies discussed.
  • “You’ve heard from parents and students who are under threat,” Andrew Fiser, a Methodist minister said. “Don’t vote against them. This is a white nationalist, fascist agenda. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. This is not Christian behavior.”
  • Parents across the country have flooded school board meetings the past few years to protest the use of CRT in classrooms, claiming teachers should solely focus on academics.