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Critical race theory bills have mixed results

Wyoming House of Representatives 2022
Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media
Wyoming House of Representatives 2022

A bill banning the teaching of critical race theory had different results in the Wyoming House and Senate. A bill fell five votes short of the necessary two-thirds required for introduction in the House, but easily gained approval in the Senate.

The bill sponsored by Casper Representative Chuck Gray prohibited teachers or administrators in K-12 schools from presenting any form of blame or judgment on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, color or national origin.

Jackson Representative Andy Schwartz took issue with a part of the bill that required the teaching of history to be neutral and without judgment. He told the House that he doubts Native Americans and Black people could accept a neutral and judgment-free approach to their history in America.

“But I am Jewish and I cannot accept a neutral, judgment-free approach on the murder of six million Jews in World War II,” said Schwartz.

The Senate version of the bill will go to a committee for further consideration.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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