Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has signed a bill banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools across the state.
According to an online statement released by Ducey’s office, the legislation, House Bill 2906, “prohibits the state and any local governments from requiring their employees to engage in orientation, training or therapy that suggest an employee is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
The measure passed both chambers of the state legislature with a 31-25 vote in the Arizona state House and 16-12 in the Senate. Ducey said:
When I took office, I vowed to use taxpayer dollars responsibly, and funding training on political commentary is not responsible spending. I am not going to waste public dollars on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech. House Bill 2906 goes a long way towards protecting Arizonans against divisive and regressive lessons.