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Sandy Hook Promise

Research on Critical Race Theory Legislation

Summary:

Assist education non-profit with research on Critical Race Theory legislation.

Jurisdiction(s): NJ; OH; PA; TX; LA; KY; FL; IN; WV; CT; MA; NC; MN
About the Organization: Sandy Hook Promise was founded by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They work to promote student well-being and protect children from gun violence.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education
Legal Issue(s):

Sandy Hook Promise has developed/implemented a school curriculum that encourages discussions with students/teachers about treating everyone equally regardless of race, gender, or gender/LGBTQ identity. The team is concerned that the laws emerging around Critical Race Theory will impact their ability to teach this course in certain states (see examples here). They are seeking assistance with research to learn: (i) is there new legislation that has passed or is being considered that falls under the CRT category? (ii) if so, what does the legislation say?; and (iii) if the law doesn’t include absolute barriers to teaching certain topics, are they written in a way that can be interpreted by different school districts to prevent discussions on the aforementioned subjects. Attorneys can take on as many or as few jurisdictions as they’d like. Sandy Hook Promise hopes to have the research completed by February 2022.