This past Friday, the senate of North Dakota finally passed a new bill that sought to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in all public schools. The same bill had already passed through the state’s House of Representatives the day before the state senate vote.
Later on the same day, Doug Burgum, the Republican Governor of North Dakota, signed the bill as it hit his desk and officiated to transformation into law.
One page from the new bill reads, in part:
Each school district and public school shall ensure instruction of its curriculum is factual, objective, and aligned to the kindergarten through grade twelve state content standards. A school district or public school may not include instruction relating to critical race theory in any portion of the district’s required curriculum … or any other curriculum offered by the district or school. For purposes of this section, “critical race theory” means the theory that racism is not merely the product of learned individual bias or prejudice, but that racism is systemically embedded in American society and the American legal system to facilitate racial inequality. The superintendent of public instruction may adopt rules to govern this section.
Governor Burgum, in a statement made to The Daily Wire, stated:
This bill addresses the concerns of parents while preserving the decision-making authority of local school boards to approve curriculum that is factual, objective and aligned with state content standards.
One sponsor of the new bill, Republican Rep. Dan Ruby, also issued a statement to The Daily Wire: “Teaching history and social studies are important and not hindered by a restriction on CRT. Students should learn about how our country’s founding was based on many great principles, as well as the mistakes that have been made throughout our history, but to say that our country is [systemically] racist is denying the truth about the struggles this country has made to ensure equality and opportunities for all minorities.”
KFYR also reported that Democratic state Rep. Corey Mock shared concerns about the apparent presence of no enforcement mechanisms stated in the bill: “Right [now], we are saying there are no consequences. Push back all you want, there’s nothing we or an aggrieved parent can do about it. I am uncomfortable with us rushing into this and creating a bad law that we’re only going to have to work back in the next year if we’re going to make it enforceable.”