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  • Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin speaks during a mask burning event at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on March 6, 2021. McGeachin's education task force continues to make claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools, which some educators in the state say is scaring them into silence.
    Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin speaks during a mask burning event at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on March 6, 2021. McGeachin's education task force continues to make claims of indoctrination in Idaho schools, which some educators in the state say is scaring them into silence.
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    States 'A Very McCarthyism Feel': Idaho Teachers Say Indoctrination Task Force Stokes Fear
    Teachers say they don't know what they are allowed to discuss, and they're scared of the repercussions — for themselves and their students.
    Becca Savransky, The Idaho Statesman, July 29, 2021
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    States Who's Really Driving Critical Race Theory Legislation? An Investigation
    Education Week reporting documents a complex web of individuals and conservative organizations supporting this far-reaching legislation.
    Sarah Schwartz, July 19, 2021
    15 min read
    States Download Full Text of the Texas Law Restricting Classroom Talk on Racism (HB 3979)
    The Texas law restricts how teachers talk about controversial issues and limits the ways slavery and racism are taught.
    July 15, 2021
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    In this April 15, 2021, photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. Ducey, on July 9, 2021, signed legislation banning government agencies from requiring training in critical race theory.
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs a law that will fine districts $5,000 each time a teacher makes a student feel uncomfortable about their race or gender.
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    States How Will Bans on 'Divisive' Classroom Topics Be Enforced? Here's What 10 States Plan to Do
    States will use lawsuits, penalties against districts, and disciplinary action against teachers to enforce "critical race theory" laws.
    Eesha Pendharkar, July 14, 2021
    5 min read
    The exterior of the Kentucky State Capitol is seen in Frankfort, Ky. on April 7, 2021.
    The exterior of the Kentucky State Capitol is seen in Frankfort, Ky. on April 7, 2021.<br/>
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    States Allow Critical Race Theory—and Opposing Views—in Kentucky Schools, Ed. Chief Says
    Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass urged lawmakers to consider an alternative to banning critical race theory.
    Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader, July 8, 2021
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    Monica Wilbur expresses her opposition to critical race theory at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Standing behind her is Betty Sawyer, who holds an opposing point of view.
    Monica Wilbur, center, expresses her opposition to critical race theory at the statehouse in Salt Lake City earlier this year, while Betty Sawyer, standing behind her, supports it.
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    States Four Things Schools Won't Be Able to Do Under 'Critical Race Theory' Laws
    Anti-racism training, discussions about sex, misogyny and LGBTQ issues, and consulting with outside advocacy organizations are all at risk.
    Eesha Pendharkar, June 30, 2021
    5 min read
    A student holding a U.S. flag upside down stands atop the steps at the Idaho Capitol building in Boise on April 26, 2021. The Idaho Senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing schools and universities from "indoctrinating" students through teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law.
    A student holding a U.S. flag upside down stands atop the steps at the Idaho Capitol building in Boise on April 26, 2021. The Idaho Senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing schools and universities from "indoctrinating" students through teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law.
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    States 'I'm Terrified.' Idaho Students Fear Repercussions of Indoctrination Task Force
    A group of students are speaking up about the task force assembled by Idaho's lieutenant governor to look into "indoctrination" in schools.
    Becca Savransky, The Idaho Statesman, June 24, 2021
    8 min read
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    States Opinion The Right and Wrong Way to Address Concerns About Critical Race Theory
    Legislators should consciously echo provisions of the Civil Rights Act brushed aside in the excesses of anti-racist education—not ban ideas.
    Rick Hess, June 16, 2021
    5 min read
    States Interactive Map: Where Critical Race Theory Is Under Attack
    This national map tracks where state policymakers are attempting to limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism in the classroom.
    June 11, 2021
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    Richard Corcoran, the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses the board members during Thursday morning's meeting. The board members of the Florida Department of Education met Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Florida State College at Jacksonville's Advanced Technology Center in Jacksonville, Fla. to take care of routine business but then held public comments before a vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
    Richard Corcoran, the commissioner of the Florida Department of Education, and Board Chair Andy Tuck listen as Dianna Greene, the superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, addresses board members before a June 10 vote to remove critical race theory from Florida classrooms.
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    States Florida State Board of Education Bans the Use of Critical Race Theory in Schools
    Lessons that deal with critical race theory and the “1619 Project” are not welcome in Florida’s public schools following a state board vote.
    Jeffrey S. Solochek, Tampa Bay Times, June 10, 2021
    4 min read
    Students protest after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
    Students protest after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
    High school students rally at the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 21 in support of those affected at the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
    States Let School Officials Seek Gun Limits for Potentially Violent Students, Feds Suggest
    A model state "red flag" bill would let school officials ask courts to halt students' access to guns if they are deemed a risk.
    Evie Blad, June 7, 2021
    4 min read
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    States From Our Research Center A User’s Guide to the Grading and Methodology
    Here's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for school finance.
    EdWeek Research Center, June 1, 2021
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    States From Our Research Center State Grades on School Finance: 2021 Map and Rankings
    Examine the grades and scores that states and the nation earned on school finance, along with how they scored on a host of indicators.
    EdWeek Research Center, June 1, 2021
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    States States Missed Opportunity to Provide Key Data About Schools During Pandemic, Report Says
    An analysis of states' school report cards finds many failed to report key indicators, like absenteeism and school spending.
    Evie Blad, May 26, 2021
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    States Four States Have Placed Legal Limits on How Teachers Can Discuss Race. More May Follow
    It's the latest effort by Republican lawmakers in several states to rein in the approach to issues they consider divisive or inappropriate.
    Sarah Schwartz, May 17, 2021
    7 min read