According to Fox News, the bill passed despite the general consensus that CRT is not being taught in the public schools. However, Douglas Carswell, president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says their research shows something contrary.
"We produced a report in the summer to actually look to see to what extent young Mississippians are being taught these ideas. We found some disturbing evidence that the Mississippi Department of Education is actively encouraging teachers to use teaching resources that promote these wrong and divisive ideas," Carswell relays.
Before the vote, all of the state's black Democratic senators walked out in protest. But Carswell says their concerns have been addressed.
"It does absolutely nothing to prevent academic freedom and [allows] people to be taught the truth about Mississippi's past, which has not always been a glorious past," he asserts. "It is done in a way that doesn't perpetuate division."
The bill is now in the state House, which has been debating its own anti-CRT legislation, according to the Clarion-Ledger.