Tennessee legislature approves ban on teaching critical race theory in schools

By: | May 6, 2021

Tennessee teachers will be restricted from discussing systemic racism with their students — or lose state funding — when legislation approved Wednesday becomes law.

The Senate voted 25-7 for the ban one day after the House easily passed the bill along partisan lines in Tennessee’s GOP-controlled legislature, following several days of fiery debate.

Gov. Bill Lee is expected to sign the bill into law. The Republican governor has not vetoed a bill since taking office.

Tennessee becomes the latest state on the verge of limiting the depth of classroom discussions about inequality and concepts such as white privilege as part of a conservative backlash to America’s reckoning over racism.

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