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.

K-12 Education

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.

Higher Education

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.