Kentucky Legislator Plans to Introduce Bill Banning Critical Race Theory in Schools

Libby | June 4, 2021

Kentucky State Rep. Joseph Fischer (R) pre-filed a bill to push back on Critical Race Theory (CRT) being taught in public K-12 schools.

While parents and legislators have moved to defy the introduction of CRT in states like Virginia and Texas, Fischer is attempting to take a stand for Kentucky’s schools.

Pre-filed on Tuesday, Bill Request 60 prohibits K-12 public schools from teaching CRT and allows the state to withhold funding from any school that does not comply, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

The bill takes aim at the race-based stereotypes and identity politics promulgated by CRT, though it does not precisely cite CRT.

Fischer mentioned CRT in a press release related to the bill.

"Critical race theory is not based on facts or evidence but rather serves as a dangerous diversion from education priorities that are actually proven to eliminate disparities," the release read.

Specifically, the bill prohibits teaching that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex."

Instead, the bill seeks to facilitate education viewed where all races and both sexes are viewed equally. This is made clear as the bill bans teaching “One (1) race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.”

This bluegrass state Republican goes ever further, disallowing schools from promoting a view that the United States “is fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist.”

The state representative was prompted to file the bill after Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky added a “Social Equity” course to focus on social justice issues.

“It is a powerful tool for those who seek to divide us into categories and destroy the very institutions that have seen generations of Americans of all races and backgrounds build successful futures," Fischer said, referring to CRT.