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Mississippi passed a ban on divisive concepts in K-12 curriculum. (source)

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)

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) 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)

Culturally Responsive Learning aligns with Social Emotional Learning, and has a strong social/racial justice component. See 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.

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