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GOP Candidate Falsely Accuses Education Conference Of Pushing Critical Race Theory

Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch revealed a video Monday, with what she stated was clear proof that Wisconsin training officers are pushing important race idea for college kids in grades as younger as kindergarten.

Right there, on the agenda for an training convention within the state, was a session referred to as “CRT: How to build relationships, empower student voice and respect cultural perspectives.”

But the issue is that CRT doesn’t stand for “critical race theory,” according to conference organizers.

Critical race idea is an instructional framework, taught in universities, that examines how racism is embedded in American establishments and society. But for Republicans, it has turn into a catch-all for instructing something about race and racism in faculties ― one thing that they oppose.

Kleefisch, who served as Wisconsin lieutenant governor from 2011-2019, was sporting a “Moms for Liberty” t-shirt within the video she posted to Twitter Monday. She confirmed supplies mentioning the CRT coaching supplied at a statewide convention for academics.

Kleefisch stated the session was to “teach your kids’ teachers about critical race theory, so they can teach it to your kids.”

“The saddest part of this is it’s for grade levels kindergarten through 12. It says right here. Experience level: novice,” she added. “Why do Democrats keep lying to us and telling us that CRT is not being taught in our schools?”

She singled out Wisconsin Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson for saying that there are “zero public schools in the state” instructing important race idea and promising to present $100 to the primary one that can show in any other case.

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talked to convention organizers, who stated that CRT stood for “culturally responsive teaching.” Indeed, within the description that Kleefisch herself confirmed on-screen, it says “culturally responsive classroom” and “culturally responsive activities.” It by no means says “critical race theory.”

“Session 84 is NOT about Critical Race Theory it is about Culturally Responsive Teaching. We did update the online schedule so that we do not refer to the session as CRT without spelling out Culturally Responsive Teaching,” Jim Lynch, government director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, advised the Journal Sentinel.

Kleefisch’s marketing campaign refused to again down in a press release to the paper, claiming that the organizers “changed the description to avoid scrutiny” solely after she launched her video.

Larson took to Facebook Monday night and mocked Kleefisch for getting CRT flawed.

“Wait until she finds out about the Calculus Readiness Test. Or Community Resource Teams. Or she discovers the Crunchy Red Tacos at Taco Bell. Extra dangerous if you put the Fire sauce on them,” he wrote.

Kleefisch is probably the most high-profile Republican candidate operating to unseat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. In October, former President Donald Trump stated he’d prefer to see former Rep. Sean Duffy (R) run, saying he’d be “virtually unbeatable.” Duffy has to date not introduced his candidacy.

Critical race idea has jumped to the entrance of campaigns since Republican Glenn Youngkin received the governor’s race in Virginia final month. While he tried to pitch himself as average, he additionally leaned into the tradition wars, championing conservative parental grievances round important race idea, transgender equality and COVID-19 precautions.

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