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Fort Worth Independent School District officials are not even attempting to hide their use of critical race theory. In fact, CRT has already become embedded in the very fabric of the district. 

In 2018, Texas Scorecard reported on Fort Worth ISD school board member Jacinto Ramos Jr. and State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. (D–Fort Worth) telling an auditorium full of freshman and sophomore students in North Side High School about critical race theory

“One is a theory called critical race theory—that none of this is an accident, that the social construct of race is working exactly the way it was designed to work, which is to divide us,” said Ramos. 

Yet the instruction of critical race theory in Fort Worth ISD did not start with Ramos’ divisive speech. 

In February 2016, the school board created a department to push “racial equity” in the district. The district’s Division of Equity and Excellence webpage has an overview of services provided by the department.  

The overview starts with a statement from Superintendent Kent Scribner about the killing of George Floyd:

“Fort Worth ISD, with over 83,000 students and more than 11,000 employees, has the power and the duty to be part of the solution to dismantle institutional racism on behalf of the children we serve and the community in which we all live.” 

FWISD provides an Equity and Excellence resource page that includes “articles of interest” with titles such as “Critical Race Theory and the Whiteness of Teacher Education,” “From Safe Places to Brave Places,” and “The ‘New Racism’ of K-12 Schools: Centering Critical Research on Racism.”

Also included on the resource page is a link to “professional development opportunities” offered by FWISD. They offer more than 52 hours of CRT trainings, including one called “Critical Race Theory in Fort Worth ISD:

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