State Rep. David Gregory pre-files bill to ban Critical Race Theory from Missouri public schools

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. David Gregory of the 96th District has prefiled legislation to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and its principles within Missouri schools.

“No child should be taught that the future of their success is determined by the color of their skin,” Gregory said in a recent press release. “America is the greatest country in the history of the world, it is not systemically racist.”

CRT claims that certain races are inherently racist but do not intend to be racist in their everyday lives. Critics argue that CRT is based on an agenda rather than presenting evidence or reasoning for the claims of those who teach it. 

Gregory looks to join Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Idaho and Iowa in prohibiting the exceedingly controversial curriculum from being taught within their public school systems. 

The legislation seeks to prohibit CRT by listing mandated criteria that would make educators properly teach history and other classes without any discrimination or favor towards a specific race.

The legislation would prohibit any curriculum from being taught in Missouri public schools that states that one race is superior or inferior to other races. The proposal aims to prevent discrimination, racism and further unfavorable consequences that could heavily damage a student.

“Critical Race Theory seeks to pit our kids against each other, creating division and racial strife within our schools,” Gregory said. “Our children deserve a safe learning environment where each student is taught that they have innate value and dignity, and no matter their race, religion, or creed, if they work hard, get a good education, and treat people right, they can achieve a level of success here in America not possible anywhere else in the world.”

The pre-filed bill will be considered during the 2022 legislative session. Those interested with questions pertaining to the bill may reach out to Rep. Gregory’s office at 573-751-2150.

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