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Missouri Senate becomes latest body to approve limits on race-related instruction

by The Grio

The Missouri Senate is the most recent legislative body to approve restrictions on instruction that covers race.

Tuesday saw the passage of Senate Bill 4, which also calls for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a patriotism class in schools.

While the bill contains no mention of critical race theory, which addresses systemic racism, it would prohibit teaching “that individuals, by virtue of their race, ethnicity, color, or national origin, bear collective guilt and are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by others,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Before the vote, some Republicans voiced various concerns about the proposal, which was sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Koenig, a Manchester Republican, prompting speculation that it could go back to the upper chamber for additional discussion after the House gets it.

The legislation also includes a variety of parental rights, such as the creation of a portal in which they could access school curricula, syllabi and textbooks, learn the identities of guest speakers at the school and get details concerning the transmission and collection of student data.

Mike Moon of Ash Grove and Jill Carter of Joplin, two Republican senators who criticized the plan, joined all 10 Democrats in opposing the measure, which passed on a 21-12 vote.

According to Moon, the bill contains loopholes allowing students’ exposure to CRT, whether through individual study or lessons that include a disclaimer that the idea is not sponsored, approved or endorsed by the institution.

Republicans reportedly watered down the legislation to lessen Democratic resistance.

State Sen. Karla May, a St. Louis Democrat, claimed that by accepting “whatever this is,” the Republicans were restricting Americans’ ability to read, write and hold beliefs. She asserted that someone informed her the policy accomplishes…

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