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Sun Sep 19, 2021, 07:17 AM

Education committee drops discussion of Black history education

Chattanooga Democratic Rep. Yusef Hakeem says he is “surprised and disappointed” the Joint Legislative Education Committee won’t be discussing a bill he introduced during legislative session to provide the study of Black history to public school students.

In April, HB1460 was deferred to summer study, which typically means a bill has little traction. Hakeem wrote to House Education Committee Chair Mark White, R-Memphis on June 29 asking for a date on which the committee would take up the bill. According to Hakeem, White didn’t respond.

Hakeem’s effort comes after the legislature passed a bill to ban the teaching of critical race theory.

HB0580, sponsored by Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, and it’s companion bill SB0623, sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, prohibits any publicly-funded school from teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another or promoting division between races, classes or genders.

Although there is no evidence Tennessee public schools teach critical race theory, which is defined as the intersection of race and U.S. law in order to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to justice, politicians and parents alike have become concerned about its being taught.

Read more: https://tennesseelookout.com/briefs/education-committee-drops-discussion-of-black-history-education/

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