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Texas high school could circumvent state law to offer CRT-related material in college electives

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Texas high school students in a college English class were recently given a research paper in which they were asked to discuss one of three controversial issues facing American culture: gender, race, or ethnicity.

The class, at Southwest High School in the Forth Worth Independent School District (FWISD), offers both high school and college credits administered by the University of Austin, Texas.

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The college freshman writing course “aims to prepare students to become more effective in analyzing and producing arguments”.

For each controversial topic – gender, race and ethnicity – students received recommended reading lists for research.

Among the titles was “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” by Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of humanities at Boston University. Titles on the “gender” reading list included works such as “Witches: the Transformative Power of Women Working Together” and “Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights.”

A student holds a sign against the CRT ban holds a sign as members of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School Board gather in Placentia Wednesday, March 23, 2022 to consider banning the academic concept of critical theory from race in the district.
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Fox News has been informed that students are encouraged but not required to read the headlines. The material would appear to go against the parameters of Texas Senate Bill 3, a law passed last year that banned the teaching of critical race theory in schools.

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Critical Race Theory, or “CRT,” is a school of thought that focuses on the impact of structures and institutions of power on racial minorities. He argues that race is a social construct that is weaponized by dominant groups to oppress others.

The Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools.

The Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools.
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But because the class offers both high school and college credits, it’s able to circumvent state law.

Eliska S. Padilla, UT Austin’s issues and communications manager, told Fox News Thursday that OnRamps “will address compliance with current law and course integrity during the required professional development of teachers”.

“All UT Austin dual credit courses, OnRamps, have been reviewed and redeveloped as needed to ensure compliance with SB3,” Padilla said. “This assignment, as written by the university, calls for independent research and does not provide a list of books.”

FWISD did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Textbooks and reading materials in schools have come under greater scrutiny in recent years with respect to their subject matter. More recently, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) rejected more than 40 percent of math textbooks submitted for use in public schools in the state, citing critical race theory and other issues with texts.

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