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Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race Training For Public School Teachers

Washington Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Requiring Critical Race Training For Public School Teachers

“The legislature plans to continue the important work of dismantling institutional racism in public schools and recognizes the importance of increasing equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training throughout the entire public school system….”

On May 5, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington signed Senate Bill 5044 into law, which requires Critical Race Theory (CRT) training for all school staff, board directors, teachers, and administrators in public schools across the state.

The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee introduced Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5044 in December 2020. The final version, amended by the House, says:

NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. (1) The legislature finds that state resources have been invested to:

(a) Identify model standards for cultural competency;

(b) incorporate these cultural competency standards into both the standards for effective teaching and the standards of practice for paraeducators;

(c) develop cultural competency training programs for school district staff from paraeducators to administrators; and

(d) develop a plan for the creation and delivery of cultural competency training for school board directors and superintendents.

(2) The legislature plans to continue the important work of dismantling institutional racism in public schools and recognizes the importance of increasing equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training throughout the entire public school system by providing training programs for classified staff, certificated instructional staff, certificated administrative staff, superintendents, and school directors that will be provided in an ongoing manner.

The bill requires all school boards to adopt cultural competency standards for board member training and board policies:

The Washington state school directors’ association shall:

(a) Develop cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion standards for school director governance;

(b) Collaborate with the Washington professional educator standards board to compare and align the standards for school director governance developed under (a) of this subsection with the standards of practice developed under RCW 28A.410.260. The review must include the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee and may include the office of equity established under RCW 43.06D.020.

This follows Inslee’s approval of Senate Bills 5227 and 5228, which requires public colleges and medical schools, respectively, to develop CRT curriculum. SB 5228 claims to tackle “structural racism in healthcare.”

The Washington Policy Center, a free market think tank, reviewed the trio of bills and found many troubling elements:

At public hearings, lawmakers received the following analysis about these bills.

• Prominent black, Hispanic, and Jewish leaders are speaking out against this racial training curriculum as harmful to their children.

• The bills violate the Washington Civil Rights Act, which provides: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

• The bills violate the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin.

• The bills violate workers’ First Amendment rights by compelling speech in mandatory training sessions, or by suppressing their legitimate views and opinions.

• The bills would create hostile work environments in Washington’s public schools, public universities, and public medical schools.

• The bills would promote feelings of fear, alienation, and rejection in students and teachers because official policy would judge them based on appearance rather than their work experience or abilities.

Enacting a government policy of judging others by their appearance will likely lead to more conflict and legal challenges in the state’s public education system.

Washington joins several states that have mandated CRT in public education. According to Joy Pullmann, writing in The Federalist,

Entire states like Oregon, California, and New Jersey now legally mandate racist and anti-American curricula in social studies and other domains. Oregon, for example, tells social studies teachers to undermine “Eurocentrist narratives” as part of the state’s newly mandated “ethnic studies” curricula in social studies. Teachers are now required to apply race and ethnicity tests to what they teach in social studies, to “decenter whiteness” and “center the experiences and perspectives of people of color.”

Meanwhile, other states have begun to fight back, with Oklahoma, Idaho, Tennessee, and Florida among the states banning or considering banning CRT altogether in public schools.

With states going in opposite directions and the Biden administration promising to create federal mandates for CRT in public schools, the war for control over public education in America seems poised to escalate.


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as hard as it is to teach a dumb person to be smart, it is even harder to make a smart person think dumb.

    Ben Kent in reply to REDACTED. | May 9, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Diversity, Inclusion & Equity (“DIE”).

    Liberty will DIE in Washington State.

    FiftycalTX2 in reply to REDACTED. | May 10, 2021 at 7:26 am

    This is great. All the white devils will be forced to stand ad declare themselves “racist” and “white supremeicists”. . Hopefully they will have to wear a dunce cap while doig it. Chairman Mao would be so proud.

This decent into the madness of embracing CRT along with:
1. Pre-existing failures of performance in many public schools
2. The irrational refusal of teacher unions and many individual teachers to return to the classroom because Rona
3. The exposure of the current indoctrination v education viewed by parents on the ‘zoom’ classes

Has, IMO, set up a potential wave of support for reform. Not of public schools, they are too far gone. But for allowing public education $ to follow the students just as in higher education.

This is a universal issue that can be used to make further inroads to communities who don’t normally take a second look at r or conservative candidates.

Yes the d/progressive politicians, their media allies and especially the teacher unions will fight tooth and nail. They will attempt to vilify, bully, coerce any serious proposals to make that a reality.

IMO, the more noise they make the more reasonable people will take another deeper look at this and will come to the obvious conclusion that the parents should be making the decisions about the education of their child.

Allowing the funds or a large % of the per pupil funding to follow the student to a private, parochial, neighborhood pod or home school simply allows this family to do what the d/progressive elite does; take their child out of public schools and into an educational system that works.

Make the d/progressive elites explain why ‘equity’ shouldn’t apply to the education of children.

    alohahola in reply to CommoChief. | May 9, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Hee hee—shouty teachers are waking up a lot of sleepy parents!

    “This is a universal issue that can be used to make further inroads to communities who don’t normally take a second look at r or conservative candidates.”

    Maybe. But it is also possible that these same communities would double down on the same failed policies. Tax, spend, tax more, spend more – and punish any candidate who points out the insanity of this. It is distressing the number of parents who sincerely believe that just because they spend lavishly on an education system (buildings, technology, personnel, etc) then it must automatically be good.

    Imagine bottling week-old horse piss, launch a pricy advertising campaign, and selling it at $100 per glass. People – especially the wealthy – would assume that because it is well advertised and costs a fortune it must be the very finest, and would trample each other in the rush to get theirs. That is the modern education racket.

    Never underestimate the willingness of parents to pay ANYTHING for a piece of paper with a fancy name on it. This is how the wildly overpriced colleges stay in business.

      CommoChief in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | May 9, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      Well I wasn’t necessarily referring to upper middle and upper class communities. Those are the true believer, kool aid drinkers.

      My point is that asking for a vote is a nice step. One that r candidates don’t do or at least not widely until DJT. Providing a reason for people who aren’t inclined to vote r by a genuine commitment to advance policy ideas, like education $ following the student in K -12 is a much needed follow-up.

Communism on the march

    puhiawa in reply to Skip. | May 9, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    There is nothing communal about this. Misidentifying fascism is not helpful. The CCP is not communistic, it is in fact a fascist oligopoly. That is exactly what tech and the Democrats are working for, complete with a caste system like Nazi Germany.

Teachers are now required to apply race and ethnicity tests to what they teach in social studies, to “decenter whiteness” and “center the experiences and perspectives of people of color.”

What’s next? Making whites sit only in the back of the bus?

What’s most pathetic about this crap is that idiot white leftists like Inslee can’t see where it’s going.

    Andy in reply to Observer. | May 9, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    It’s Washington state. It’s practically the whitest state in the union.

    This is all woke white people shit.

    Jeff Reynolds in reply to Observer. | May 9, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    “decenter whiteness” – is that directly out of A Brave New World, or merely coincidental?

VirtSig (’84 speech) will only feed the racist SJW beast it strength to put all UnPOC in their place. You are so right… It won’t save them.

For the time has come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.

Inslee is guaranteeing that Washington wins the educational Race to the Bottom! If race theory is critical to the educational standards of your state, then you are simply a racist state. Way to go Jay! A true leader in the DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA!!

Maybe, like Obama, Inslee’s family was slave owning scum.
Most white peoples weren’t, in fact more than half came to America after people like Obama were forced to give up their slaves.
So eff you Inslee

LukeHandCool | May 9, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Perfect. The notorious Evergreen State College is in Washington.

Let the entire state become one big Evergreen State College campus, and let’s see how that works out for the state of Washington.

I know which way I’m betting.

We are in the heart of this and have been battling the our kids elementary school principal and the woke school board.

We haven’t pulled our kid out and home schooled because when you do that- it is a position of surrender and allowing the woke to win. We also don’t want to abandon our allies within the school system- because we could end up being the voice that saves their careers.

It is a delicate battle as I do not want to make our kid and their peers into cannon fodder in this war. However I have responded to their communications with some very crisp pushback at many turns.

Right now, in May- the “BLM in Ed” garbage from that week in Feb is still posted all over the school grounds.

While thoughts of fighting by their rules always crosses my mind, I don’t want that because again- our kids end up being the cannon fodder for adult stupidity.

This year we got lucky and the teacher was not among the woke- and kept the garbage to the bare minimum. I can’t say we’ll be so lucky next year. One thing our favor is the principal is an idiot and is hated by parents of all stripes (except those who think exactly like she does)- very sad that this is our silver lining.

Keep in mind- ALL of Washington’s kids are about 2 years behind due to COVID. We’ve had friends move to other states and they are telling us the disparity from the shut down is pretty big for their k-5 kids in other states.

    gibbie in reply to Andy. | May 9, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    “We haven’t pulled our kid out and home schooled because when you do that- it is a position of surrender and allowing the woke to win.”

    No. It’s a position of recognizing the illegitimacy of America’s best example of totalitarian socialism. Education by government monopoly bureaucracy WILL ALWAYS result in this kind of oppressive idiocy.

    Dathurtz in reply to Andy. | May 9, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Please don’t risk your kids. Elementary is too young to really understand a broken system and avoid the brainwashing.

      This was kind of my thinking, too. I see what Andy is saying, but I agree that if homeschooling is an option it is better than having your child told that he or she is evil because he or she is white. That will stick when nothing said at home will. And that is the point, leftists know this and are preying on our country’s youth, fomenting self-loathing and racist stereotypes of the most sickening kind (i.e. whites are supreme, so we need to take them down a few notches by insisting that positive traits and characteristics are actually negative).

      Ironically, they are actually, if unintentionally, teaching that whites are indeed “better,” something we never believed before this push to “lift up” black and brown people, whom the regressive left clearly see as lazy, tardy, lackadaisical criminal losers who can’t be taught or ever learn anything, so we must Harrison Bergeron the better people (i.e. whites) down to their level. Is there anything more inherently racist than that?

      It’s all convoluted crazy that simply reinforces “white supremacy” because the regressive left believes and has always believed that white people are better on some inherent level, are, in fact, “supreme.”

        I retired several teachers growing up. I managed to get one so pissed he threw me against a wall (age 10). I wasn’t a bad kid, but I WAS extremely smart and a giant pain in the ass- and I didn’t take any shit. My kid is that on steroids.

        My kid is exactly what they deserve for this stuff. If she goes up against a teacher, we’ll have her back… and good luck because they can’t hit her..

        Remember- they don’t really “teach” anything anyway. While all the indoctrination attempts piss us off to no end, kids have a one track mind and that’s to play with their friends at recess. All the real learning happens at home anyway (it takes a whopping 20 minutes to accomplish more than they do all do). All they really do let her get her energy out for 6 hours

        While we will probably lose the war, we will make it hard on them.. Everytime we are present, the principal leaves the area to avoid contact with us. Now that they are amping the SJW stuff up- I will probably be more emphatic about mocking them.

        “Hey- I think I saw a klansman in a white hat taking down your BLM sign again! Go gettem aniti racist warrior!”

        I can leave. They have no where else to go.

          Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Andy. | May 10, 2021 at 10:14 am

          “and good luck because they can’t hit her..”

          Maybe not yet. But they can fail her. They can refer her to psychological counseling. They can isolate her in school. They can send her to special schools for violent and disruptive children. They can harass you buy keeping her after school frequently, or mandate weekend attendance or summer school attendance, or family behavioral counseling, They can send people to your home to investigate how you raise your child to determine if they should remove your child from your home. And they can watch and do nothing as other children hit and beat your child.

          I do not intend to sound nasty, but if COVID has not taught you the state has unlimited power, you may well be unteachable.

          Don’t use your child to fight the battles that need to be fought. I whole heartedly advocate you work to make your local schools a better place, but they may well target your child to get at you, and your kid may not be as smart and as tough as you think, and she is only a kid, so you need to fight her legitimate fights for her.

          Andy in reply to Andy. | May 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

          Robin- I don’t say this lightly, because I’d rather she have an innocent childhood and not be cannon fodder, but I’ll force their hands on all of that. If its truly THAT evil- If that’s what they will do- I want them to show their hand and stop hiding behind the mist of “might be evil.” I’m not pulling her because of what they MIGHT do- I will make them do it. I don’t treat my kid like some non-resilient snowflake who will melt and never recover. This is a girl who will read the Elizabeth Smart book before attending Jr High and know how to fight accordingly. In the case of CRT in schools, she’ll know what evil with position power looks like.

          The reality is we build these twisted dictators up like the boogey man, but they are small petty, people with weak hearts and no skills.

          I have no regard for grades or any measurement system they apply. Look at the kids who graduated in 2020… how much credence do serious people lend to those grades. So far as the other stuff, they can’t force the psychologists- we can tell them to pound sand. So far as isolation goes- well when /if we get there, that fight will get REALLY dirty or that might be the point we pull her. But remember- we can leave, they can’t. AND they’ll have the entire community knowing what went down.

          I know what government sponsored and sanctioned evil looks like in the form of Child Protective Services, court ordered GALs etc as I spent a decade championing fathers rights and I know how deep the rabbit hole goes. I also know that this is why these are fights you don’t shy away from.

          Because really if it’s as evil as all this- then I shouldn’t even be fighting clean… which I choose to do. Don’t forget, there’s a universe where we can fight dirty.

MoeHowardwasright | May 9, 2021 at 1:42 pm

The easiest thing for each state that doesn’t want CRT shoved down its throat, is to not accept federal education dollars. Let the communist teachers wail all they want! Tell them to move to Commifornia or Oregon. As for Washington. I can tell you that
My grandkids will be attending private school. Inslee and the legislature can GF themselves.

    healthguyfsu in reply to MoeHowardwasright. | May 9, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    You say that as though it is easy. The Feds have a stranglehold on education because of that money.

    The best way is to fight this through the courts and put in a TRO on the orders because there is definitely the potential for harm while litigating.

PostLiberal | May 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Early on I knew that CRT was a scam. I refer to a doctoral dissertation about applying CRT to black female middle school principals. The dissertation’s author was a black female middle school principal,

Her school district did not renew her initial contract because there was ample proof she was not a competent administrator. As proof of that: within three months of her assuming the reins of principal at that middle school, nearly half the teaching staff signed a grievance petition against her.

As she had previously been an assistant principal at the school, one couldn’t claim that the grievance came from her not being familiar with the school.

While some might consider this an example of racism against her, many black teachers signed the petition against her- including a teacher who had won a commendation from the school board for writing science curriculum. In addition, the previous principal, promoted to a supervisory role at district HQ was several shades darker and also had the support of her staff.

In short, a black female middle school administrator who had a track record as an incompetent administrator used CRT as a shield against incompetence.

Ironically she has focused her university career on training school administrators. Which reminds me of the old crack, “those who can’t, teach.” O

Yet another reason to be thankful my wife retired from education when she did.

Just asked her about “paraeducators” … that includes teacher’s aids. Not sure whether it will include substitute teachers, since by definition they have to be accredited by the state.

At least I don’t have to worry about a hair-stylist mayor who is a Q-Anon nutter according to leftists who exposed some of his social media posts. Oh wait, he is – according to the lone picketer on the corner down town.

Every day moves us closer to selling this place and moving to a red state. I’ll miss the view and the cool marine air – but not the politics and abundance of leftist drones. We’ve got company visiting from back east in a few weeks – and plan to take them to some of the beaches and parks on the Olympic Peninsula. We just read where the putz Inslee has mandated masks OUTDOORS in the state parks. I’ll be interested to see the levels of compliance/resistance since Clallam is still pretty red.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | May 9, 2021 at 3:15 pm

cultural competency training


What is that … teaching you how to eat with chopsticks?

    And teaching us how and when to call someone “n***a!”. Only blacks can call other blacks “n***a” but if you identify yourself as black you can’t be questioned. Just like identifying as member of the opposite sex, etc. I identify as being an uppity black with no filter and a hair-pin trigger, like George Jefferson. And God only knows whose life George culturally appropriated.

Educators are not too bright to begin with.

How long until woke officials say it’s a ‘health crisis’ and mandate certain children be prescribed lead supplements for equity?

Are all current on their Yuri Bezmenov ?

He predicted all of this with clarity around 1984 during his media appearances.