Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Friday that he had signed two bills in regards to 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 the governor said suggests that people are “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” the governor said 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 wrote.
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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 was praised by 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.” 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!”