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DALLAS (ChurchMilitant.com) - A North Texas school board has officially banned critical race theory and gender ideology from being spread in its school district.
On Monday, the Grapevine–Colleyville Independent School District successfully banned CRT, initiated a strict review process for books in school libraries, gave teachers leeway to address students by traditional pronouns and prohibited students from utilizing restrooms or locker rooms that are inconsistent with their biological sex.
In a controversial 4–3 vote, the policies were established to end "social, cultural and political agendas that have plagued" the district's classrooms, board member Shannon Braun wrote.
GCISD is based in Grapevine, Texas, in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.
Delivering a massive blow to the progressive agenda, the district's new policies bar "the view that biological sex is merely a social construct" as well as "the view that it is possible for a person to be any gender or none (i.e., non-binary) based solely on that person's feeling or preferences."
The updated policies fight back against the encouragement of White guilt, which has forced its way into educational institutions across the world over the past decade or two. Any curriculum that suggests "an individual, by virtue of that individual's race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously," is not allowed to be taught.
GCISD boldly defended America's history, refusing to succumb to the Left's racially charged onslaught on education about the Founding Fathers and other civil and social issues that have occurred since the country's inception.
The new policies ban teachers from promoting the idea that:
an individual, by virtue of the individual's race or sex, bears responsibility, blame or guilt for actions committed by other members of the same race or sex; meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race or group to oppress members of another race or group; the advent of slavery in the territory that is now the United States constituted the true founding of the United States; or with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality.
The GCISD ban on gender and CRT teaching only applies to students in fifth-grade classrooms and younger. In this respect, it is similar to Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act.
Board member Casey Ford explained how the school policy was pushed to ensure the public education system is in tune with Texas state law. The new guidelines "are the product of input from several groups — the board's policy committee, the district's attorneys, the board's attorneys, a committee of administrators and principals and, most importantly, community members." Ford asserted.
The new library policies will force controversial books to be separated into a "parental consent area." Any literature that, after being closely reviewed, is deemed to be radically pro-LGBT and dangerous "shall not be eligible for consideration to be added again for at least 10 years."
Keller ISD, a school district just miles from GCISD, recently adopted a similar book policy. Keller ISD established new library guidelines to limit sexually explicit material in libraries after parents and politicians vocalized concerns for months.
Texas state representative Matt Krause was one of the leading Texas politicians to begin railing against harmful content in school libraries like those of Keller ISD. The North Texas legislator led an inquiry into nearly 800 different titles present in school systems back in October 2021.
In an impressive show of transparency, the Keller school district published a list of books that have been challenged by parents or community members and the outcomes of the inquiries.
Texas conservatives have supported this pushback on LGBT and CRT teaching in the publicly funded school system. Julie McCarty, the CEO of True Texas Project, a conservative super PAC, said GCISD's new policy was inspiring to thousands of Texans who are "not fringe."
The 87th speaker at the GCISD school board meeting is Julie McCarty, the CEO of True Texas Project. She says thousands of people like who her "aren't fringe" support policies like the anti-trans one. True Texas Project has been designated an extremist group by @splcenter.— steven monacelli (@stevanzetti) August 23, 2022
True Texas Project reported plans for a student walkout in protest of the updated policies. Organizers of the walkout encourage students to wear all black and stop the GCISD board from getting away "with blatant hate."