Last week we took a close look at Josh Hawley’s “Love America Act.” Now we have the Protect Equality and Civics Education (PEACE) Act. The Senate sponsors are Republicans Marco Rubio, (FL), Kevin Cramer (ND), and Mike Braun (IN).
Here is Rubio’s press release:
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the Protect Equality and Civics Education (PEACE) Act, legislation that would prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory, under the priorities outlined in the U.S. Department of Education’s American History and Civics Education program. The bill would codify the Trump Administration’s definition of “divisive concepts” as defined in the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.
U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
“The story of our nation is under attack as the radical left continues to attempt to rewrite American history and categorize our citizens into an oppressor and oppressed class,” Rubio said. “This is not only inaccurate, it is dangerous. I will not allow American students to be subjected to propaganda that seeks to divide and indoctrinate future generations into believing that some individuals are inherently racist solely due to the color of their skin.”
“Critical Race Theory is antithetical to the American ideal that all are created equal. It should never be endorsed, much less funded by the Department of Education,” Cramer said. “Our bill would stop federal taxpayer dollars from being used to promote Critical Race Theory and protect our students from these divisive and misguided teachings.”
“Critical Race Theory teaches young people to distrust each other at a time when this country needs unification more than ever,” Braun said. “I’m proud to join my colleagues on this measure that aims to protect our children by keeping divisive political agendas out of our schools.”
While Hawley’s bill opposes Critical Race Theory in schools, it at least offers suggestions for the improvement of civic education. The PEACE Act, on the other hand, is merely an attack on Critical Race Theory, or at least an attack on how these Senators interpret Critical Race Theory. The bill is entirely preventative in nature.
Again, for some additional thoughts on these bills and how they handle CRT, see my critique of Hawley.