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Missouri Attorney General Sues Springfield School District Over Refusal To Turn Over Critical Race Training Records

Missouri officials, all the way up to Republican Governor Mike Parson, insist CRT is not being taught in K-12 schools, while also proudly proclaiming their support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the schools. (source) They claim these concepts are unrelated, but several organizations in Missouri have called them out as they continue to dodge the issue. Meanwhile, the Attorney General for Missouri has joined with 20 other state attorneys general in a letter to the US Department of Education urging it to reject CRT standards when awarding grants. (source)

K-12 Education

The Show Me Institute has uncovered many instances of CRT in school districts across Missouri. (source) They have done so via public records requests at the district level. There is nothing mandated by the Missouri Department of K-12 and Secondary Education. Bills banning the teaching of CRT and the 1619 Project failed to advance in the 2021 legislative session.

Higher Education

The Missouri Division of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) does not list anything explicit on its website mandating public universities and colleges adhere to a CRT curriculum. However, MDHEWD has a system-wide Equity Project with an entire series of webinars on how to expand equity in Missouri colleges and universities. (source)

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