Texas Senate passes bill that removes requirement to teach Ku Klux Klan as ‘morally wrong’

The Texas Senate has voted to pass a bill that would remove a requirement for public school teachers to teach that the Ku Klux Klan is “morally wrong.”

The agenda item was included in some two dozen curriculum requirements that were dropped in Senate Bill 3, which the Republican-dominated Senate passed 18-4 last Friday.

The bill addresses Section 28.002 of the state’s education code and is a follow-up to House Bill 3979, which was already passed and recently signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. That bill is set to become law in September, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The House bill requires that “historical documents related to the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations” be taught in public school classrooms. Among dozens of examples listed in the bill are women’s suffrage and equal rights, and the history and importance of the civil rights movement including the teaching of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.”

It will also require teaching about the accomplishments of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Susan B. Anthony’s writings about the women’s suffragist movement, and Native American history. The bill further states that public school educators must teach “the history of white supremacy” including slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and ways in which the white supremacist hate group was “morally wrong.”

But in the Senate bill, those agenda items were removed.

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