The Washington Policy Center has been exposing a bill that's made it's way through committee and is tentatively on the calendar for floor debate in the State Senate.

It's SB (Senate Bill) 5044, and it's contents are not only eye-opening, it's likely to violate both the State's Civil Rights laws as well as Federal.

The bill would inplement training in public schools that would require teachers, staff and educators to recognize they have created what the bill calls "institutionalized racism in the public school system."

Among it's requirements, the bill would mandate school board members to promote curriciulum using a "racial equity lens."

It would also (according to the WPC):

 "Requires the use district racial-identity enrollment and employment data to make distinctions among students and teachers."

The bill claims the legislature finds that elected school board members, superintendents and administrators are operating an educational system based upon "institutionalized racism in the public school system."

However, the WPC has found this bill would run afoul of the Washington State Civil Rights Act, or RCW 49.60.400.  That law states (in part):

 "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."

It also appears to violate the 1964 Federal Civil Rights act, goes against several Supreme Court rulings, and other legal precedents.

In fact, the WPC says CA Gov. Gavin Newsome recently vetoed an ethnic studies bill because it contained anti-Semetic (Jewish) content.

The bill, if it were to pass, would NOT apply to private, religious or other non-public schools.

To see the bill for yourself, and to reach out to the legislators involved, click on the button below.

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