Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines donated $ 1,000 to a Texas school board candidate who spoke out against critical teaching of racial theory – despite the district school denies that it exists in its program.
Shannon Braun, who a spokesperson for Gaines identified as the sister of Chip Gaines of the Dallas Morning News, is a candidate for the board of directors of the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Colleyville, a town about 15 miles north. -est of Fort Worth. The Gaines donated $ 1,000 to Braun’s campaign, while Braun’s parents and Chip Gaines donated $ 2,000, The Dallas Morning News reported.
In a Facebook post, Braun said Wednesday that she advocated “bringing the focus of our curriculum and our teaching back to academics, rather than filling the curriculum with critical divisive race theory.”
However, a GCISD spokesperson told NBC News in an email that “the curriculum used in GCISD does not include instruction in critical breed theory.”
âAs we encourage our students to take ownership of their learning, they often have a choice of how they approach an assignment or what topic they research and study,â the spokesperson said in a statement. “This does not mean, however, that critical breed theory is part of the GCISD program.”
Critical Race Theory is a concept that seeks to understand racism and inequality in the United States by exploring and exposing how they manifest in everyday life.
Over the past year, a growing number of conservative leaders have seized the decades-old academic tenure as a catch-all for anti-racism and diversity efforts, prompting several states across the country to introduce a series of bills banning critical race theory in kindergarten through 12th grade schools.
In Texas, conservative state lawmakers are considering two bills that would ban critical race theory in the classroom, which would affect the way teachers talk about race and racism in school, Texas reported. Tribune. The bills would also prohibit students from receiving credit for their participation in organizations that promote civic engagement.
Braun also included the Gaines as an endorsement of the campaign on their website, but did not publicly disclose their relationship with the celebrity couple, the newspaper reported.
As of Thursday, the approval section has since been removed from its website.
Braun and the Gaines couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Braun and incumbent Mindy McClure will compete in a run-off for a board position on June 5. In the May 1 election, Braun received 47.9% of the vote while McClure was 39.3%.