This session examines state preemption of local school boards with regard to the content of curricula and educational materials. Conservative groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council have raced a fervor about “divisive” concepts in schools, targeting the 1619 Project (a New York Times Magazine series reframing American history in the context of slavery and structural racism) and Critical Race Theory. This curricular preemption swept the nation and now the strategy has been expanded to preempt discussion of LGBTQ+ issues as well. This session will examine the trend of curricular preemption, from its origins to current iterations.
Speaker: Steven Nelson, Corinne Green & Marissa Roy