Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Vetoes Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory


Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Friday vetoed a bill passed by the Wisconsin state legislature that would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools in the state.

In his reasoning for rejecting the potential law, the Democrat called the measure “censorship.”

“I am vetoing this bill in its entirety because I object to creating new censorship rules that restrict schools and educators from teaching honest, complete facts about important historical topics like the Civil War and civil rights. I have said before and will restate again today that I trust parents, educators, and schools to work together to do what is best for our kids — work they have long been doing without the political interference and micromanagement from politicians in Madison,” the governor wrote in his official veto message.

Republicans across the country, supported by many parents with school-aged children, have sought to limit the controversial topic from reaching classrooms across the country.

CRT and remote learning throughout the coronavirus pandemic have prompted many parents to object to the current trends present in some public schools, leading elected officials to support measures to empower parents.

“This bill is common sense. You cannot redress past discrimination with present discrimination. Parents have the right and responsibility to know what their kids are being taught in school. “The roots of Critical Race Theory are based on Marxist ideology, and on creating conflict and division between people of different races. Wisconsin is better than that, and I am proud to have authored this bill,” said State Representative Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego) when introducing the measure.

Republicans in the legislative branch do not have enough members to override the veto from Evers; therefore, the bill will not be enacted.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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