by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Senate Leader Phil Berger’s office sent this news release Thursday at 12:30.
Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Senate today passed Senate Leader Phil Berger’s (R-Rockingham) bill opposing discrimination in school curriculum.
Read Sen. Berger’s full remarks on the proposal.
What’s in the Bill
The legislation does not permit public schools to compel students “to affirm or profess belief in” several discriminatory concepts, including:
Sen. Berger asked if any senator in the chamber wished to change any of the listed concepts. None spoke up, yet every Democrat still voted “no.”
The bill affirms the public school system’s mission to accurately teach students about North Carolina’s racial past and all of its ugliness, including the cruelties of slavery, the Wilmington riots, and the Jim Crow era.
The bill explicitly protects impartial instruction “on the historical oppression of a particular group of people based on race [or] ethnicity” and “assigning materials that incorporate concepts for educational purposes in contexts that make clear the public school unit does not sponsor, approve, or endorse such concepts or works.”
Sen. Berger said, “Students must not be forced to adopt an ideology that is separate and distinct from history; an ideology that promotes ‘present discrimination’ – so long as it’s against the right people – as ‘antiracist.'”
The bill now returns to the N.C. House of Representatives for concurrence.