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Marco Rubio Offers Proposal to Have Education Department Investigate Critical Race Theory in the Classroom

Rubio is also backing the “Stop Critical Race Theory Act” and the “Combating Racist Training in the Military Act” from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

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Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a proposal which “would direct the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to investigate parent and/or student complaints against the use of curriculum, teaching, and counseling that promote divisive concepts and foster racially-hostile school environments.”

Rubio’s “Protecting Students From Racial Hostility Act” has the support of U.S. Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

“The legislation would require OCR to enforce Title VI protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when a complaint is brought forward by parents or students impacted by critical race theory curriculum. In order to increase transparency and enforcement, the legislation would require OCR to provide an annual report to Congress on the nature of these complaints, and report complaints to state attorneys general offices,” Rubio’s office noted.

“Critical race theory is Marxist-inspired indoctrination and has absolutely no place in our schools,” Rubio said on Friday. “Teaching students that they are innately part of an oppressor class or oppressed class is part of the Left’s radical agenda to rewrite the history of America. We need to protect students and parents who are willing to stand up to critical race theory and the profound repercussions it has on our schools.”

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“Critical Race Theory and other political agendas being pushed in our schools are designed to divide us, and we need to support those who feel they are in a hostile environment in school due to these divisive concepts,” Braun said.

“Critical Race Theory teaches people to judge others based on race, gender, or sexual identity, rather than the content of their character, and that’s simply wrong,” Ernst said. “Any parent that has a concern about their son or daughter being taught curriculum that promotes divisive concepts and fosters racial-hostility in the classroom should be taken seriously, and that’s what this bill will help ensure.”

Rubio is also backing the “Stop Critical Race Theory Act” and the “Combating Racist Training in the Military Act” from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.

The bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee last week. So far, there is no companion measure in the U.S. House. The bill is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Congress.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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  1. GD

    August 3, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Rubio has went off the deep end with this culture war stuff. The rhetoric is just so lame , Marxist really?
    This is nothing more than an attack on people of color and the truth, something repubs can’t handle anymore as their whole thing is based on lie after lie because they can’t handle the truth.
    The people believing repubs is shrinking fast with their racist, fascist propaganda and massive lying any decent person will not put up with as they leave the repub party as embarrassed what a cesspool it has become.
    Way to go! See you next election!

  2. Teacher Lady

    August 3, 2021 at 11:53 am

    GD- You REALLY should have paid more attention in school.

    Critical Race Theory teaches that all that matters is the color of your skin. It is the brain child of a man who can’t even get tenure at Harvard. It was developed more than 20 years ago and is part of the VICTIM Mentality so prevalent in black Americans. Critical Race Theory was proposed in part by Cornel West, the socialist who is unable to achieve tenure at Harvard yet refuses to leave for greener pastures! He also wrote a paper titled ” Toward a Socialist Theory of Racism”. (Apparently, he has never read about the treatment of African exchange students in Socialist Russia.)

    Not too long ago blacks were demonized on the basis of their color. I find it highly ironic that they now want to demonize another racial group on the basis of THEIR color. It gives credence to the notion that they are not attempting to achieve equality, but rather supremacy. Apparently, they want to transform the 1% into the 12%.

  3. Billy O’Rourke

    August 3, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Less than 40% of Florida 8th graders can pass an 8th grade math exam — and THIS is what dopey Marco worries about? Empty suit — and a cheap one at that. Get OUT!

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