SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri lawmaker demands that Springfield Public Schools provide three years of email and other material containing references to critical breed theory and more than two dozen other words or sentences.
In response, the school district requires a deposit of at least $ 170,000 to begin.
Republican state representative Craig Fishel filed for the Sunshine Act in early September, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The district sent Fishel a long, detailed response on September 20.
Fishel accuses the district of inflating the potential cost and said he could ask the House to subpoena the cases.
District spokesman Stephen Hall said Fishel’s request is “extraordinarily broad” and could take thousands of man hours to complete.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out a poll this summer asking each district to report whether it was using Critical Race Theory or the New York Times 1619 Project on the Role of Slavery in the American history in the classroom. All but three districts, including Springfield, said they were not.
Fishel is looking for records from school years 2018-19, 2019-2020 and 2020-21 involving critical theory of race and other terms such as “Black Lives Matter”, “Anti-racism or Racism”, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “and” Whiteness, white privilege and white fragility.
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