Fort Worth Independent School District has wholeheartedly bought into the tenets of critical race theory, committing to CRT and embedding it into the very fabric of the district. The district has spent a considerable amount of money on it, but some Fort Worth citizens say it is not being well spent.
FWISD has started on a courageous journey to dismantle institutional and systemic racism in our district. To address these systemic issues, the Division of Equity and Excellence was established. Since being established, the Division has provided a plethora of seminars to provide opportunities to build racial consciousness by first providing opportunities for participants to build their racial equity lens and interrogate their personal biases.
Texas Scorecard requested invoices from PEG and found that the district has spent more than a million dollars on consulting fees, training seminars, and equity walks since 2015.
The consulting fees for a PEG employee to attend one equity meeting in August of 2016 cost the district $1,650. The meetings for the Race Equity Committee only last an average of an hour and a half. For the four meetings held between late February and early March of 2016, the consulting fees for seminars and equity walks cost the district more than $41,000.
The annual licensing fee for more than 3,000 teachers during the 2018-2019 school year was $25,300, based on an invoice dated July 13, 2018; in the 2019-2020 school year, the licensing fees totaled $26,565.
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