The West Virginia Legislature’s Republican supermajority failed to pass a bill that would restrict teachings on race in public schools.
The Legislature missed a midnight deadlight in a 2022 session. Virginia lawmakers had spent weeks during the session debating proposed bills similar to the “Anti-Racism Act of 2022” (Boston Globe).
The bill had been passed in both the Senate and House, and an additional vote was needed to greenlight the House’s version. Senate spokesperson Jacque Bland said in a statement, “We took the vote, but essentially that didn’t matter because it didn’t make the deadline.”
Supports of the Anit-Racism Act of 2022 say the bill aims to prevent race-based discrimination in public schools. It would ban teachers from telling students that one race “is inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
The bill also stated that students could not be taught that a person’s race determines their moral character or that a person by virtue of their race “bears responsibility for actions committed by other members of the same race.”
The bill would have created a way to report complaints for the Legislature to collect data on each year. The Legislature had several additional bills to pass before midnight. One of those bill dealt with disabilities and abortion and was passed prior to midnight, after nearly 90 minutes of debate.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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