Texas schools resist Republican demand for records in class books | Texas
Main Texas School districts are resisting a Republican state representative’s request to disclose information about books kept in classrooms and libraries, as part of attempts to remove addresses targeted by parents and conservative politicians.
The charter school districts in Austin and Dallas, two of the largest in the state, said they would not respond to the request See a list of about 850 books, indicating the number of copies the schools have and the cost of the books, Houston Chronicle mentioned.
Houston Independent School, the largest in Texas, did not say what it would do.
Across the United States, Republican officials and activists are increasingly focusing on education as an effective policy tool. In the most notable case, in Virginia, this month Republicans took back the governor’s mansion in a campaign that focused on the supposed dangers of critical race theory in state schools.
Critical race theory, an academic discipline that investigates the ways in which racism operates in US laws and society, is not taught in Virginia public schools. Regardless, the Republican candidate for governor, Glenn Yongkin, has promised to ban him.
In Texas, Matt Krause, Chairman of the State Committee on Public Inquiry and Republican Candidate for Attorney General, to schools, saying that “students, parents and taxpayers” had requested that some books be removed.
Schools were asked to note down any books that could “make students feel uncomfortable, guilt, distress, or other form of psychological distress because of race or gender,” or “communicate that the student, by virtue of race or gender, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive.”
Krause Moreover Districts were asked to identify additional books on topics including sexually transmitted diseases, sexually explicit images, and graphic presentations of sexual behaviour.
Last Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the state education agency to Investigation Criminal activity related to the “availability of pornography” in schools.
Referring to two memos with LGBTQ+ characters and scenes of sexual activity, Abbott also asked state education officials Develop statewide standards to prevent “pornography” and “Other Obscene Content in Texas Public Schools.”
Such moves caused anger and confusion.
Ophidia Molina, President of the Texas State Teachers Association, Criticize “Confusing and Political Incursions in the Classroom”.
“This is a clear attack on diversity and an attempt to score political points at the expense of our children’s education,” She said.
Some Democrats and Lawyers Encourage school districts not to respond For a letter from Krause, because it does not have the legal force of a subpoena.
“The letter is an informal request, and therefore we will not respond to it,” Dallas School District spokeswoman Robin L. Harris told the Chronicle.
“After doing more legal research, we’ve decided that a response is not necessary, especially since anyone can search for us Library catalogs on this siteAustin school districts spokesman Jason Stanford said.