- Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson's Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students (FACTS) task force investigating Critical Race Theory in the North Carolina education system gave its first update.
- Robinson said the task force was put together to answer the question of whether indoctrination is happening in North Carolina public schools. He then said that after doing this report and task force, that “the overwhelming answer is yes, it is.”
- The 12-person advisory board for FACTS is made up of teachers, local and state board members, lawmakers, university professors and other community members.
- Following Lieutenant Governor Robinson's remarks, Superintendent of Public Instruction of Catherine Truitt gave brief remarks you can view here.
- In summary, Supt. Truitt said that although the vast majority of public school teachers keep their lessons professional and unbiased, the F.A.C.T.S. task force has provided evidence that some teachers do, in fact, improperly use their platform to influence their students' political beliefs.
- The largest percentage of submissions for a single school district came from the state’s largest district, Wake County Public Schools, with 20.9%. Orange County Public Schools came in second with 12.8%, followed by Forsyth at 7% and Guilford at 5.5%.
- Following the press conference, the Senate Education/Higher Education Standing Committee approved House Bill 324, Ensuring Dignity & Nondiscrimination/Schools.
- Chairman Blackwell (R- Burke) said this legislation would, "ensure that tax dollars are spent to educate our students and not on distracting political projects."
- From the national level to the local level, Republican leaders in North Carolina are united in their opposition to Critical Race Theory. Thanks to the critical participation of parents, students, and educators across the state, we have a strong collection of concrete evidence that helps North Carolina take a tremendous stride in creating more fair and accountable classrooms.
- View the full F.A.C.T.S. report here.