As reported by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the teaching of critical race theory was banned in Temecula Valley Unified schools after a long meeting that drew hundreds Tuesday evening. Led by a new conservative majority, the school board’s vote of 3-2 will prohibit such teachings. However, as stated by trustee Allison Barclay who voted no on the resolution, “Critical race theory is not being taught in our schools. There is no need for the resolution. It silences history.”
Critical Race Theory (CRT) involves examining the role of race in society and how racism has been historically embedded in institutions and policies.
In addition to banning CRT, the board also proposed and passed a resolution condemning racism in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.
Yes, it’s a bit of a head scratcher as it may sound good on the surface, but with many resolutions, it’s what’s under the surface that matters. The three new trustees who were sworn into office Tuesday evening (Jennifer Wiersma, Joseph Komrosky, and Danny Gonzalez) were all endorsed by the conservative Inland Empire Family PAC, which said it planned to “take over” the Temecula Valley, Lake Elsinore, and Murrieta Valley school boards.