Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that he signed two bills regarding the education of the state’s children.
House Bill 2906 blocks state-run schools and government entities from requiring training in critical race theory, which suggests that people are “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” the governor wrote in a statement, according to FOX 10 of Phoenix.
“Here in Arizona, we’re going to continue to be leaders on civics education and teach important lessons about our nation’s history,” Ducey continued.
Meanwhile, House Bill 2035 calls for curriculum transparency, so that parents can weigh in on topics such as sex education.
“Parents should have the right to know what their children are learning in school,” Ducey wrote.
In Twitter posts Friday, Ducey thanked Arizona state lawmakers – including state Reps. Michelle Udall and Gail Griffin and state Sens. David Livingston and Nancy Barto, all Republicans — for leading the efforts to get the bills passed.
The governor’s move on CRT drew praise from U.S. Rep. Debbie Lasko, a Republican who represents Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, northwest of Phoenix.
“It’s great to see that @dougducey signed legislation into law to stop Critical Race Theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities!” Lasko wrote. “CRT advances a distorted version of history to divide our nation and dismantle our institutions. It has no place in Arizona.”
It’s great to see that @dougducey signed legislation into law to stop Critical Race Theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities! CRT advances a distorted version of history to divide our nation and dismantle our institutions. It has no place in Arizona. https://t.co/Tx8Q8Sl05P
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) July 9, 2021
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., also praised the development.
“This is a HUGE win for all Arizonans,” Biggs wrote. “Thank you AZ Legislature for pushing this through!”
The teaching of Critical Race Theory is now prohibited across all government levels and public schools in the state of Arizona!
This is a HUGE win for all Arizonans. Thank you AZ Legislature for pushing this through!
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 9, 2021
Critical race theory has faced opposition from parents and citizens groups across the U.S.
Earlier this week, parents from Pennsylvania and Kansas appeared on “Fox & Friends,” where they said the threat of critical race theory in local schools inspired them to seek election to their local school boards.
“I think that CRT is poisonous,” Greg Dolan, a high school history teacher and father in Pennsylvania, told host Pete Hegseth.
Amy Cawvey, a mother of three who is running for a school board seat in Kansas, said she was doing so to “keep CRT out of our schools.”
Some liberals and Democrats, meanwhile, have accused Republicans of manufacturing an “imagined monster” in an effort to galvanize voters.
“The American people aren’t divided, the American people are being divided,” liberal author Ibram X. Kendri recently wrote in The Atlantic. His essay was titled, “There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory.”