Teachers fear legislation limiting racial discussions will have a ‘crippling’ effect in the classroom | Local education

The legislation would require teachers to post their curricula online and districts to provide copies of the curriculum under the state’s Open Records Act, and establish a complaints process for parents, staff or groups who oppose the material taught. If the state determines that a district has violated the prohibition on what can be taught, that district could lose 10% of its annual state funding.

State Senator Andre Jacque, R-DePere, the main sponsor of the Senate bill, said he helped shape the legislation after hearing from a number of voters concerned about how the race was discussed in public schools.


“It pushes back that idea of ​​race underlying every aspect of our lives, that there has been no progress in race relations,” he said. “What is in the bill is that you cannot promote as a tutorial, as something that should be learned and accepted, that one race or gender is inherently superior to another or that an individual because of his race or sex bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by other people of the same race or the same sex.

Jacque said the legislation is designed more as a guideline for districts to follow, although, according to him, “there is the possibility for individuals to take legal action if the government does not follow their law. voluntarily “.

The bill’s lead author by the Assembly, Representative Chuck Wichgers, R-Muskego, did not respond to the request for comment.

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