(USA Features) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on Friday banning the controversial critical race theory in the state’s public schools as well as all government agencies.
The Republican governor signed House Bill 2906, which bars state-run schools and Arizona government entities from requiring critical race training curriculum and training, which he said in a statement infers that people are “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” according to FOX 10 of Phoenix.
“Here in Arizona, we’re going to continue to be leaders on civics education and teach important lessons about our nation’s history,” Ducey added.
Another piece of legislation, House Bill 2035, calls for transparency in school curriculum to ensure that parents are able to discuss and debate topics including sex education.
“Parents should have the right to know what their children are learning in school,” Ducey wrote.
The governor thanked lawmakers on Friday on Twitter including state Reps. Michelle Udall and Gail Griffin and state Sens. David Livingston and Nancy Barto, all of whom are Republicans, for leading the way in getting the legislation passed.
The measures were lauded by U.S. Rep. Debbie Lasko, a GOP lawmaker representing Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, northwest of Phoenix.
“It’s great to see that @dougducey signed legislation into law to stop Critical Race Theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities!” Lasko wrote on Twitter.
“CRT advances a distorted version of history to divide our nation and dismantle our institutions. It has no place in Arizona,” she added.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican who heads up the House Freedom Caucus, also praised Ducey and the bills.
“This is a HUGE win for all Arizonans,” Biggs wrote. “Thank you AZ Legislature for pushing this through!”
The curriculum, which was initially developed for the collegiate level and specifically for law school students, has increasingly found its way into public schools and Corporate America, drawing major pushback from parents, teachers, and others concerned that it divides Americans.
The materials have inspired some parents to run for their local school boards, Fox News reported earlier this week.
“I think that CRT is poisonous,” Greg Dolan, a high school history teacher and father in Pennsylvania, told host Pete Hegseth.
Amy Cawvey, a mother of three who is running for a school board seat in Kansas, said she was doing so to “keep CRT out of our schools.”