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The largest teacher’s union, the National Education Association (NEA) has vowed to ‘fight back’ against critical race theory critics.
Recent legislation published by the NEA expresses support for a Critical Race Theory curriculum, the 1619 Project, and Black Lives Matter at School. According to the association, implementing the legislation will cost $127,600. The organization’s first policy reads: “Share and publicize, through existing channels, information already available on critical race theory (CRT) — what it is and what it is not; have a team of staffers for members who want to learn more and fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric; and share information with other NEA members as well as their community members.”
The NEA will support the BLM at School campaign by recognizing October 14, George Floyd’s birthday, as a day “to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.” The legislation continued, “The Association will further convey that in teaching these topics, it is reasonable and appropriate for curriculum to be informed by academic frameworks for understanding and interpreting the impact of the past on current society, including critical race theory.”
States including Florida and Idaho enacted legislation banning the teaching of critical race theory. “The federal government has no right to force a political agenda onto Americans, especially one that aims to tear down our institutions and divide us based on race. … It [CRT] is a Marxist ideology that sees the world as a battle, not between the classes – as classical Marxism does – but between the races. This is inherently bigoted,” said Texas Senator Ted Cruz while introducing a bill blocking federal funding of CRT.
Anti-CRT efforts have been led by Republicans, with Democrats largely supporting the curriculum. Open Secrets, an organization tracking the flow of election and public policy finances, reports that the NEA leans liberal. In 2020, the association’s Independent Expenditures totaled $6,004,731. Open Secrets identified $5,130,882 supporting activities ‘Against Republicans,’ and the remaining $873,849 ‘For Democrats.’
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