Following the pattern of similar bills introduced across the country such as “don’t say gay” legislation and bills attempting to ban discourse around racial discrimination, this bill would ban terms like “racial guilt” in the classroom, bar the use of school books that have a "viewpoint," and require school staff to address students by “the pronouns associated with their biological gender.” We strongly opposed the bill, noting that it was unconstitutional, antithetical to the tenets of educational discourse and academic freedom, and would undermine a variety of key systemic issues relating to diversity in schools. Aside from these concerns, we testified that the bill contained provisions which were impossible to enforce, including language which would require that history be “taught using the standards, customs, and traditions in use at the time of the historical event”, which theoretically could promote racially segregated classrooms or incorporate the “custom” and “tradition” of corporal punishment. 

Sponsors

Representative Patricia Morgan

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2022

Bill number

Position

Oppose