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Tennessee bans teaching critical race theory in schools

Teachers risk losing valuable state funding if they violate the new measure.
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Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 10:45 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is the latest state to ban teachers from talking about certain aspects of race and racism in public schools.

Teachers risk losing valuable state funding if they violate the new measure.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed the bill into law Monday after it generated impassioned debates inside the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Lee argued that students should learn about “the exceptionalism of our nation,” not things that “inherently divide” people.

Black Democratic lawmakers warned that it will make teachers fearful about telling students anything about how race and racism have shaped the nation’s history.

Tennessee’s new law is similar to laws enacted in Idaho and Oklahoma.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.)