MADISON — Looking to check the left’s racist “anti-racism” indoctrination in Wisconsin schools, two state lawmakers on Thursday opened up for co-sponsorship a bill that would financially hit school districts for teaching controversial curriculum such as critical race theory (CRT)
The bill, co-authored by Rep. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) and Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere), doesn’t mention CRT, but it would ban race and sex stereotyping in school districts and charter schools. It also prohibits the kind of Woke teacher training that has run rampant in Wisconsin schools over the past decade.
School districts that violate the prohibitions could lose 10 percent of their state aid distributions, under the bill.
More so, a parent or guardian of a student may bring a lawsuit against a school district or charter school operator for a violation of the law.
Wichgers and Jacque say they are introducing the bill at the request of “hundreds of parents” in their districts who have raised concerns about the lessons being taught to their children in their primary and secondary schools.
“It has come to our attention that a growing number of school districts are teaching material that attempts to redress the injustice of racism and sexism by employing racism and sexism, as well as promoting psychological distress in students based on these immutable characteristics,” the lawmakers wrote in their co-sponsorship letter to their colleagues.
“This legislation will prohibit this type of material from entering our schools. No one should have to undergo the humiliation of being told that they are inferior to someone else; we are all members of the human race.”
The bill also requires school boards to post all curricula used in their schools on the district’s or charter school operator’s website. They must also turn over printed copies of all curriculum upon request.
“Transparency of a school district’s individual school curricula is the most direct route to understand what is being taught in the classroom,” Wichgers and Jacque wrote. “Parents are asking for information about classroom curriculum and this legislation ensures they will be afforded this information via a school and/or school district website or a printed copy at no cost.”
A Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) report calls on the Legislature to adopt transparency measures to “arm parents and taxpayers with the ability to access and review controversial curriculum material in public schools.”
The Milwaukee-based public interest law firm recently issued identical open records requests to nine large Wisconsin school districts. WILL experienced first-hand the cost, time and difficulty of accessing curriculum material. Madison Metropolitan School District has sent a bill to WILL demanding $5,000 to turn over requested documents.
Legislation pushing back the radical left curriculum that has infiltrated public schools is being introduced nationwide. Iowa’s Legislature this session passed a bill effectively banning CRT being taught in Iowa schools.
“Of course, these issues must be taught. They must be discussed, and they can be without scapegoating entire groups of people,” said Iowa Republican Rep. Steven Holt.
At the same time, the state of Washington now has laws on the books mandating CRT training for all public school teachers.
CRT critics assert the emphasis on such racially-motivated and sweeping concepts such “systemic racism” and “white privilege” are more than divisive; they go against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s noble “Dream” that America be a nation where people are judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
“Dividing our citizens along racial fault lines only detracts from the ideals of the founding of this great nation and our wonderful state of Wisconsin,” Jacque and Wichgers said. “We, as legislators, have a duty to protect a child’s right to conscience and right to be treated equally under the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled consistently that restrictions on curricular speech are not restrictions on free speech.”