FARGO (KVRR / KFGO) – A Fargo state lawmaker is authoring a bill at North Dakota House that would ban public schools from teaching “critical race theory.”
The legislation was presented by Republican State Representative Jim Kasper for the next special session.
The bill states that “a school district or public school may not include instruction in critical race theory in any part of the district’s required curriculum.”
The Bill defines Critical Race Theory as “the theory that racism is not simply the product of prejudice or individual prejudice, but that racism is systematically entrenched in American society and the United States legal system for facilitate racial inequality ”.
Kasper told KVRR News that he did not know of any public school in North Dakota that currently teaches critical breed theory, but added, “I want to be sure that critical breed theory is not taught in North Dakota schools, period. “
Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United, a statewide teachers’ union, said critical race theory is not taught in any of the state’s public schools.
“We weren’t perfect, but we’re used to looking at our past, learning from our past and taking seriously our constant desire to form a more perfect union. It’s not CRT; it’s education, ”Archuleta said in a statement posted on the organization’s website.
“To be clear, critical race theory is not taught in North Dakota schools, and public schools do not indoctrinate our children to hate America.”
More than two dozen bills were submitted ahead of the session, many of which are aimed at restricting COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
It is not known if Governor Doug Burgum would sign the measures. Spokesman Mike Nowatzki said the governor usually does not comment on the legislation until it reaches his office.