Utah GOP leaders will again tackle critical race theory, gun rights

Utah GOP leaders will again tackle critical race theory, gun rights

Central Republican committee members will debate resolutions on the controversial topics (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) House Republicans confer around House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, after Democrats walked out before a resolution on critical race theory was debated at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City in May 2021. Not content to let the Utah Legislature and state school board weigh in on critical race theory, the Utah GOP will consider a resolution this weekend calling for its ban, even though the curriculum is not taught anywhere in Utah. Republicans will also offer another resolution in support of making Utah a “Second Amendment” sanctuary. Utah lawmakers in May passed a quartet of toothless resolutions expressing their preferences for how Utah schools should address race in education and their intent to pass legislation next year that would allow the state to ignore federal gun laws . The resolutions came after Gov. Spencer Cox rebuffed pressure from Republicans in the legislature who asked him to add the topics to the agenda of the May special session. Utah is one of several Republican-controlled states wading into how race and history are taught in schools. Last week, the Utah Board of Education crafted rules about what teachers can and cannot say to students about ethnicity, inclusion, and race. On Saturday, the Utah Republican Party’s State Central Committee, the governing body of the party, will take up both issues. The critical race theory proposal puts the party on record as opposed […]

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