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Where Critical Race Theory’s concerned, students recently got the chance to stand up.

CRT isn’t likely going away any time soon. The ideology’s permeated much of the culture, in corporate training and education.

And it’s attained many adherents.

But at least 21 states have outlawed or limited its employment in schools.

And at the end of March, Rhode Island’s legislature held hearings to determine its move with regard to CRT.

As relayed by conservative grassroots organization Parents Defending Education (PDE), while reviewing measure H6070, the state House of Representatives’ Education Committee invited testimony from concerned citizens.

Evidently, Barrington High School’s Jennifer Bergevine and Alison Grieco — teachers of English and social studies, respectively — held the issue in high regard.

Hence, they came up with an idea: tell their students to testify.

Subsequently, the Education committee may have been surprised to discover 100+ folks had signed up.

As a result, comment was purportedly limited to one minute per person.

Among the fewer than 40 who answered their phones when the time came, one youngster allegedly dropped a bomb: He’d only entered his name because his teacher had told him to.

PDE reports that, after failing to get answers from the school district as to why so many Barrington teens had registered, they filed an April 1st Freedom Of Information Act request.

Results received June 10th indicated the teachers had issued emails encouraging student to testify.

According to documents posted by PDE, here’s how those messages went…

Did the instructors push kids toward favoring CRT? You be the judge.

From Jennifer, to her AP Language and Composition students:

I just heard about H6070, which is scheduled for hearing and consideration tomorrow in front of the RI House Committee on Education. I have included the full act below. Essentially, it prohibits the teaching of “divisive concepts” as well as prohibiting making “any individual feel discomfort, guilty, anguish or any distress on account of their race or sex.”

If this passes, I would no longer be able to teach the unit on Race or Gender. I have requested to testify in opposition and

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