You know why anti-CRT activists never explain the language in these bills? Because they know that this is unexplainable.…
You know why anti-CRT activists never want to talk about what these bills would actually do? Because they don't want to talk about this.…
You know why anti-CRT activists always keep the focus on public K-12? Because they don't want you to know about this.…
You know why anti-CRT activists only ever use the word "transparency", and then leave you to fill in the blanks? Because they want to distract you from this.……
Here's the reality. The only way these bills get passed is if they keep YOU from knowing what's inside them. That's why Chris Rufo, who can't shut up about these things, only ever posts screenshots. Never links to the actual bill.
Half of these people have no idea what's inside the bills they're pushing. The other half has an inkling but actively suppresses that knowledge. Maybe a fraction of a percent actually knows what they're talking about. One day, I'd like to meet that fraction.
CODA: Needless to say, all of these bills are currently live. If you want to read more, @PENamerica has you covered. Here are some places to start.………

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Feb 15
New from @PENamerica: So far this year, 102 Educational Gag Orders (aka anti-CRT bills) have been introduced by state lawmakers, and a total of 112 are currently under consideration.

And more and more, they are targeting LGBTQ-related speech.…
@PENamerica You've heard of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Oklahoma's SB 1654 bars schools from using any books that "make as their primary subject the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender issues or recreational sexualization."
@PENamerica Tennessee HB 800 would bar teachers from using any classroom materials "that promote, normalize, support, or address lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) issues or lifestyles." South Carolina H 4605 does something similar.…
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Feb 14
From the article: "Meanwhile, panellists in the Maru poll had little sympathy for those participating in the vaccine mandate protests, with 64% saying they believe democracy is threatened by the demonstrations, which should end immediately."
"Only 20% fully support the demonstrators...58% believe truckers participating in the protests who refuse to disperse should face fines and potential jail terms of up to two years, while 66% said anyone aiding and abetting the protests should be subject to the same penalties."
Don't let the fact that Batya believes you won't click through to read the article fool you. Canadians do not support the Freedom Convoy.
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Feb 10
Hegel sounds totally insufferable. Image
For those asking, it’s from this.…
Ok you baying pack of merciless Hegel stans, you win. Here’s a little verse Heine wrote about Hegel to honor your victory.

Life in this world’s a fragmented business.
Our German professor will give me assistance.
He knows how to whip the whole thing into order,
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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
Feb 7
@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/…
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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.…
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