Why Americans are so divided over teaching critical race theory

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Amna Nawaz:

Nationwide, Republican lawmakers are now legislating on the idea. According to Ed Week, as of June 18, 25 states have introduced bills or taken other steps to restrict education on racism and bias. That includes five states, Texas, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, where bills have already been signed into law.

Arizona’s proposed bias teaching bill could mean a potential $5,000 penalty for teachers. Texas’ bill, effective September 1, says teachers cannot be compelled to discuss current events. And, if they do, they must — quote — “strive to explore the topic from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference.”

Some educators, meanwhile, are holding Teach the Truth rallies, fighting what they call unwarranted legislation.

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