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Feb 7 13 tweets 7 min read
@kmele has Rufo dead to rights here. Not only that, but Rufo is also flat-out lying about the bills (or else is spectacularly ignorant about what they say). Because MANY of the bills explicitly prohibit CRT as a discipline. For instance...1/
@kmele Oklahoma SB 1401, aka "The Critical Race Theory Curriculum Elimination Act". Anyone found to have taught CRT in the classroom faces damages amounting to $10k per person, per incident. 2/…
@kmele New Mexico's HB 91, an act "Prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools." 3/…
@kmele Missouri HB 1815. This one speaks for itself. 4/…
@kmele Michigan's SB 460. Again, it speaks for itself. 5/…
@kmele Missouri HB 952, which prohibits K-12 schools and public colleges from teaching, using, or providing for use any material related to CRT. Schools/universities that do will lose state funding. 6/…
@kmele And then of course there's North Dakota's HB 1508, which became law last year. Do I really need to say more? 7/…
@kmele Three points about all this:
1) These are just the live bills (and one law). I'm not counting all the bills prohibiting CRT that died or were withdrawn -- though some only died within the last few days, further underlining Rufo's claim. 8/
@kmele 2) These are also just the bills that prohibit *instruction* about or *inclusion of* ideas associated with CRT. I'm not counting the ones that forbid teachers from endorsing or promoting CRT. There are a lot of those too, of course. 9/
@kmele 3) Well, the third point is just a meta one. It's about how little Rufo thinks of his audience. How inconsequential he rates the truth. He's a bullshiter. He lies all day, every day. He did it yesterday, he's doing it today, and he'll lie tomorrow too.
@kmele I get that a lot of people endorse Rufo's overall goals and enjoy his pugilistic style. Fine. Go ahead and hate CRT all you want. I don't care. Just don't trust him. Have enough self-respect to believe what your eyes are telling you. He's a liar.

And you know it.
@kmele Forgot one. To be honest there are so many that it's easy for some to slip through the cracks.…

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Feb 8
Now that I a) have a Politico Pro account; and b) am on strike, I find myself searching for all kinds of crazy language in bills. Right now I'm kind obsessed with this genre of ed bills, which essentially require schools to use material from rightwing orgs.

[SC HB 3002]
This is another one I flagged a few days ago. Lots more like this.

The other genre of bill I search for now and then are the ones that oh-so-cleverly try to smuggle religious proselytizing into public schools. Like Oklahoma SB 1161.
Read 6 tweets
Jan 31
I hate to say it, but you’re about to witness a real time experiment in media bias. On the same day that Shapiro gets out on leave, a public college prof is being fired for protected speech. The politics of the two cases are totally opposite. Will the response from media be too?
Collin College just settled last week with Lora Burnett, fired for criticizing Mike Pence on social media. Public records requests found that a local GOP politician had leaned hard on school admins.…
It’s part of a larger purge at Collin College of dissenting voices.…
Read 4 tweets
Jan 30
How is he so ignorant about this stuff? Is it just that he doesn’t bother reading the bills? Is it really just as simple as that?
Yes, some of the bills *do* ban “critical race theory”. See for example Mississippi HB 1495.…
Or Missouri HB 1634.…
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Jan 30
Yeah, if Glenn thinks these bills are only about what public K-12 teachers can say in the classroom, he's sorely misinformed. On top of that, creationism is not "banned" in the classroom. It can be discussed, just not as fact or a legitimate scientific theory. By contrast...1/
...many of the Educational Gag Orders would prohibit teachers from discussing in *any* respect (however neutrally or without endorsement) certain ideas associated with "CRT". 2/
For instance, here's South Carolina's Freedom from Ideological Coercion and Indoctrination Act. It would apply to public and private K-12, public and private higher ed, private businesses that contract with the state, and nonprofits.…
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Jan 29
Nope. I have a VERY low opinion of Shapiro and the comments at issue, but that shouldn’t matter here. An academic job contract, once inked, must not be torn apart because of political commentary. Do the right thing, ⁦⁦⁦⁦@GeorgetownLaw⁩.…
By the way, in case you were wondering how conservatives operate when the shoe is on the other foot, George Leef and the @AcademicRenewal have got it covered.

Let’s be better.…
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Jan 24
BREAKING: Over the last three weeks, 71 educational gag orders (aka "anti-CRT bills") have been introduced or prefiled. That's more than half of 122 proposed since January 2021. And they're getting worse.…
In this report, I focus on bills from a single state -- Indiana -- to show just how bad this new crop of bills truly is. The legislation I profile would regulate speech in public AND private K-12, colleges and universities, public libraries, and state agencies.
These are bills with extraordinarily draconian punishments, including private rights of action, professional discipline, monetary fines, and loss of state financial support and accreditation. Simply put, they are built to terrify.
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