Texas recently passed a law banning the teaching of CRT and its fundamental assumptions in public schools. However, many of its institutions of higher learning have conducted recent changes to implement mandatory training for faculty, staff, and students.
After signing HB 3979 into law, Governor Greg Abbott noted that Texas must do more to promote proper history curriculum practices in Texas public schools. HB 3979 bans some aspects of CRT and the 1619 Project from social studies and history in primary education. The NEA has vowed to fight back against this ban.
Despite the popularity of removing CRT from primary education in red states, most public and many private colleges and universities in Texas have fully embraced CRT, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence. It’s hard to find a school that hasn’t issued a statement on the death of George Floyd that rededicates the institution to actively rooting out systemic racism. The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M have recently made defiant public statements in support of CRT, and require mandatory diversity training, setting up further conflicts. (source 1, source 2, source 3)