Texas public schools move a step closer to dropping required lessons on American civil rights movements after state Senate passes bill

 Public schools in Texas are one step closer to no longer being required to teach about the various civil rights movements in U.S. history after the state Senate voted 18-4 to drop the requirements on Friday. 

Senate Bill 3 would allow teachers to exclude lessons about Martin Luther King, Jr., the history of Native Americans, Cesar Chaves, Susan B. Anthony and other important figures and documents from their class curriculums. 

The bill is now stalled as the Texas House cannot vote on it due to the group of 51 'runaway' Democrats currently in Washington, D.C. The lawmakers fled the Lone Star state in order to block a 'restrictive' voting reform bill proposed by conservatives.  

Texas Senate Bill 3 would allow for not only the Fugitive Slave Acts and Indian Removal Act to be no longer required in classes, but also the writings of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that relate to race

Texas Senate Bill 3 would allow for not only the Fugitive Slave Acts and Indian Removal Act to be no longer required in classes, but also the writings of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson that relate to race

The bill also allows teachers to bypass lessons around the Chicano movement, Brown vs. the Board of Ed, the Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech

The bill also allows teachers to bypass lessons around the Chicano movement, Brown vs. the Board of Ed, the Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic 'I Have a Dream' speech

The works of Abigail Adams and Dolores Huerta would also no longer be a requirement, as well as the women's suffrage movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The works of Abigail Adams and Dolores Huerta would also no longer be a requirement, as well as the women's suffrage movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, above, defended Senate Bill 3, saying students  should 'not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism'

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, above, defended Senate Bill 3, saying students  should 'not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism' 


Senate Bill 3, authored by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, drops more than two dozen teaching requirements and comes after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to ban teachers from discussing critical race theory and the 1619 Project, academic frameworks that explore the history of racism in the U.S. 


"Our classrooms should be places for fostering a diverse and fact-based discussion of various perspectives," said Hughes. "They're not for planting seeds for a divisive political agenda." 

 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, said in a statement that the bill 'will make certain that critical race philosophies including the debunked 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide.'

'Parents want their students to learn how to think critically, not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism,' he added. 

Last week, several students and teachers from across the state testified against passing Senate Bill 3. 

Members of the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition joined the testimony to speak out against the passing of Senate Bill 3 on Friday

Members of the Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition joined the testimony to speak out against the passing of Senate Bill 3 on Friday 

The coalition advocates for improving the state of public education in Texas. Members came from across the state to voice their opinions on the dropping of more than a dozen requirements from classroom curriculums that deal with the nation's civil rights movements.

The coalition advocates for improving the state of public education in Texas. Members came from across the state to voice their opinions on the dropping of more than a dozen requirements from classroom curriculums that deal with the nation's civil rights movements. 

The ACLU of Texas also spoke out against the bill on Twitter. 

'Teachers should not be censored from educating students about our history, no matter how inconvenient elected officials find it to talk about race,' the ACLU wrote in a statement.  

Last week, the Texas Senate also passed bills that would strip away requirements in which students learn white supremacy is 'morally wrong' and ban medically induced abortions after seven weeks into a pregnancy, the Texas Tribune reports. 

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