UPDATE March 2022: Mississippi passed a ban on divisive concepts in K-12 curriculum. (source: https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/SB2113/2022)
The governor has recently stated he is opposed to CRT. However, the Mississippi Department of Education Strategic Plan specifically incorporates culturally responsive practice into its teacher licensing program.
Governor Tate Reeves publicly stated his strong opposition to CRT in public schools, and said he’d sign any legislation that hits his desk. He indicated a bill banning CRT in K-12 in Mississippi could be produced in the 2022 legislative session. (source: https://yallpolitics.com/2021/06/10/governor-reeves-adamantly-opposed-to-critical-race-theory-being-taught-in-ms-schools/)
Gov. Reeves said he wasn’t aware of any district incorporating CRT. The State Superintendent of Schools said CRT isn’t in K-12 curriculum, and used the dodge that the social studies curriculum is based on facts. (source: https://www.supertalk.fm/state-superintendent-says-critical-race-theory-isnt-in-mississippi-schools/) However, a review of the Mississippi Board of Education Strategic Plan reveals that state licensing decisions for teachers will incorporate Culturally Responsive Practices, a hallmark of CRT:
Revise the process for reviewing and approving teacher and administrator programs leading to licensure, with increased emphasis on: candidates’ content and pedagogical knowledge; ensuring the MCCRS are embedded throughout programs; embedding Culturally Responsive Practice (CRP) throughout programs; and, candidates’ ability to provide literacy and numeracy interventions for struggling and diverse learners. (source: https://www.mdek12.org/MBE/StrategicPlan)
Culturally Responsive Learning aligns with Social Emotional Learning, and has a strong social/racial justice component. See https://www.culturallyresponsive.org for more information.
No statewide mandates exist to incorporate CRT into higher education curricula. However, the state’s universities have developed a long list of anti-racist programs and resources.