Wed, Sep 15|
Breakfast Briefing - How to talk about Critical Race Theory
Time & Location
Sep 15, 2021, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
About the Event
What do you know about Critical Race Theory? Join Represent PA on September 15 at 8:30 am to get a better understanding of CRT, and how it’s been turned into a distraction from the true problems plaguing our Pennsylvania public schools.
Generally, and as defined by the American Bar Association, CRT is a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship. The theory examines the legacy of racism and how it manifests in the legal systems of redlining, mass incarceration, voting rights, and even the underfunding of schools.
Unfortunately, the conversation about CRT and curriculum has spiraled out of control and it requires clarification.
State Rep. Donna Bullock, HD-195 (Philadelphia) joins Represent PA for its next Breakfast Briefing to teach our voters, donors and supporters how to talk about important issues - in this case, critical race theory: Why you shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it and how to talk to your friends to make sure they are on the right side of history.
Donna will explain the Republican-sponsored bill, H.B. 1532, to prohibit the teaching of CRT, and how it’s being twisted by those who seem not to understand it or who want to push a false narrative to further their agenda.
The bill’s authors state that “our schools should be teaching that every individual is equal under the law.” Yet, we don’t treat our students equally under the law. We fail to equitably fund Pennsylvania schools. It is a fact that students of all races attend underfunded schools. Black and Latino students, however, are overwhelmingly represented in those districts — meaning their schools have larger class sizes with fewer qualified teachers in dilapidated buildings.
-- Where is the discussion about school funding?
-- Where is the outrage over toxic schools?
-- Where is the debate over access to broadband and technology?
This Breakfast Briefing will be moderated by Christine Jacobs, Executive Director of Represent PA. Consider inviting your friends and neighbors to listen in and learn about CRT and the real issues facing public education.