Since January 2021, eleven states have enacted laws that limit how teachers can talk about race and racism in schools and close to 200 bills have been introduced in 40 states. Last fall, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s win was credited in part with a parental backlash that included concerns about Critical Race Theory. But what are these laws actually doing? What is the impact, both in the classroom and at the ballot box, of laws that regulate how teachers can talk about race and racism? And why has this become such a focus in our politics?
In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Galen Druke discusses these questions with Theodore Johnson, the Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.
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