Education

Efforts to restrict teaching about racism and bias have multiplied across the U.S.

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

Efforts to restrict teaching about racism and bias have multiplied across the U.S. was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters

Over the last several months, officials nationwide have raced to enact new laws and introduce new policies meant to shape how students discuss the nation’s past — and its present.

Many of these efforts have attempted to ban critical race theory, the academic framework that examines how policies and the law perpetuate systemic racism. In other states, lawmakers have tried to restrict specific kinds of antiracism training or the teaching of “divisive” concepts. The picture is varied, though, and other states are adding ethnic studies courses or incorporating more about people of color into their learning standards. 

The impact of many of these efforts on classrooms remains to be seen. But the two maps below provide a snapshot of this turning point in American history and education.

Chalkbeat is committed to following these developments. If you have information about bills, policies, and events from your state or hometown, please email them at [email protected].

Reema Amin, Johann Calhoun, Jason Gonzales, Koby Levin, and Samantha Smylie contributed reporting. 

Download the data

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news site covering educational change in public schools.


Dealing with school closures, childcare issues, or other challenges related to coronavirus? Find support, advice, activities to keep kids entertained, learning opportunities and more in our Coronavirus Parents: Parenting in a Pandemic Facebook Group.

For ongoing updates on coronavirus-related issues and questions that impact children and families, please find additional resources here.