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2021 House Bill 5097: Prohibit public schools from promoting race or gender stereotyping (Critical Race Theory)
Introduced by Rep. Andrew Beeler (R) on June 23, 2021
To prohibit public schools from teaching that because of their race or gender individuals comprising a racial or ethnic group or gender all act in certain ways, hold certain opinions, are born racist or sexist, bear collective guilt for historical wrongs, or regard race or gender as a better predictor of outcome than character, work ethic, or skills. Also, to ban teaching that the cultural norms or practices of a racial or ethnic group or gender are flawed and must be eliminated or changed to conform; that racism (or sexism) is inherent in individuals from a particular race or ethnic group (or gender); that a racial or ethnic group or gender is in need of deconstruction, elimination, or criticism; or that the actions of some individuals serve as an indictment against their race or gender.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on June 23, 2021
Reported in the House on September 28, 2021
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Lilly (R) on November 2, 2021
To remove from the proposed definition of "race or gender stereotyping" an assertion that "race or gender is a better predictor of outcome than character, work ethic, or skills".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D) on November 2, 2021
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4412, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4412 would require public schools to provide instruction at all grade levels in African-American history, following lesson plans prescribed by specified interest groups and academic institutions.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 2, 2021
Substitute offered by Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D) on November 2, 2021
To adopt an (unpublished) version of the bill that reflects Democratic caucus preferences.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on November 2, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Ryan Berman (R) on November 2, 2021
To clarify that schools are prohibited from promoting any form of race or gender stereotyping or anything that could be understood as implicit race or gender stereotyping.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 2, 2021
To prohibit public schools from promoting "any form of race or gender stereotyping." This is defined in the bill the following "set of statements, beliefs, or ideas," which are that because of their race or gender, "individuals comprising a racial or ethnic group or gender all act in certain ways, hold certain opinions, are born racist or sexist, bear collective guilt for historical wrongs." Also, to ban promoting that the cultural norms or practices of a racial or ethnic group or gender are flawed and must be eliminated or changed to conform; that racism (or sexism) is inherent in individuals from a particular race or ethnic group (or gender); that a racial or ethnic group or gender is in need of deconstruction, elimination, or criticism; or that the actions of some individuals serve as an indictment against their race or gender.
Received in the Senate on November 3, 2021
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on November 3, 2021

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