Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio took the lead in introducing the Protect Equality and Civics Education (PEACE) Act, a bill aimed at preventing the use of taxpayer funds to promote Critical Race Theory (CRT) in K-12 American History and civics classes. The bill, co-sponsored by Republican North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer, seeks to ensure that federal dollars cannot be used to fund curriculum, teaching, or counseling that promotes CRT’s divisive tenets, including the notion that the U.S. is inherently racist.
Senator Rubio emphasized that Critical Race Theory is an outrageous and Marxist teaching that has no place in our schools. He expressed his commitment to preserving accurate and unbiased American history, safeguarding students from divisive propaganda, and rejecting the indoctrination of young minds into believing they are inherently racist solely based on their race.
CRT, which posits that America is fundamentally racist and encourages viewing every social interaction and person through the lens of race, has been the subject of heated debates in education circles. The PEACE Act aims to prohibit the use of federal funds for K-12 American History and civics materials that promote divisive topics, such as teaching that an individual’s moral character is determined by their race or that hard work is racist.
The bill also seeks to prevent the promotion of ideas that claim one race is superior to another or that individuals are inherently racist or oppressive based on their race. By addressing these concerns, the legislation aims to protect the integrity of education and prevent the spread of divisive ideologies that could further divide our society.
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on anti-racism initiatives in schools following high-profile events like the death of George Floyd. However, the discussions surrounding how race and equity issues should be addressed in classrooms have sparked contentious debates among parents, lawmakers, and school boards. Some school boards have even reversed or banned CRT-related policies, reflecting the growing conservative pushback against these divisive teachings. Senator Rubio’s bill aligns with conservative values of promoting unity, preserving accurate history, and ensuring that taxpayer funds are used responsibly in education.