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State Sen Driskill to introduce legislation to combat ‘critical race theory’ in Wyoming schools.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow waves during the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo Parade in Casper on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Wyoming State Sen. Ogden Driskill announced he intends to introduce legislation to combat so-called “critical race theory” in Wyoming.

Driskill’s “Civics Transparency Act” is currently in draft form with the Legislative Service Office, according to a release issued by Driskill and the Wyoming Department of Education.

“Driskill’s efforts will establish Wyoming as a leader among states in keeping critical race theory out of classrooms while ensuring full transparency as to what is being taught on a day-to-day basis,” said the release.

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Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow offered her support for the bill in the release, saying “K-12 classrooms are not an appropriate forum for radical political theory such as CRT.”

Critical Race Theory has become a flashpoint recently in conservative states. However, people who support CRT say it has been grossly misinterpreted.

According to the Brookings Institute, “CRT does not attribute racism to white people as individuals or even to entire groups of people.”

“Simply put, critical race theory states that U.S. social institutions (e.g., the criminal justice system, education system, labor market, housing market, and healthcare system) are laced with racism embedded in laws, regulations, rules, and procedures that lead to differential outcomes by race,” they say.

In the release Driskill said, “he intends for this legislation to reinforce that no one race is inherently better or worse than the other, but that in America the human race is just as the U.S. Constitution says — equal.”

The full draft of the legislation can be seen here.