KGUN 9 On Your SideNewsLocal News

Actions

No studying of Critical Race Theory across Sierra Vista Unified School District

Aligns with House bill Gov. Ducey signed
Classroom
Posted at 9:23 AM, Apr 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 12:23:06-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Sierra Vista Unified School District will not teach Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Superintendent Eric B. Holmes, Ed. D. confirmed Thursday a proposed English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum would not incorporate CRT values, despite rumors.

My goal in writing this statement is to affirm that our District and its teachers have not and will not be teaching CRT. Our District’s curriculum has been and will continue to be based on Arizona state standards.

We are aware of proposed legislation that would make it unlawful to teach certain concepts that may be derived from CRT. We have no reason to believe that the proposed ELA curriculum would violate the spirit or the letter of the proposed legislation.

Eric B. Holmes, Ed. D.

This stance aligns with a House bill Governor Doug Ducey signed in July 2021.

"When I took office, I vowed to use taxpayer dollars responsibly, and funding training on political commentary is not responsible spending," he shared. "I am not going to waste public dollars on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech."

H.B. 2906 governance; audits; training allows a fine of up to $5,000 for schools violating it.

RELATED: Ducey signs legislation prohibiting teaching of critical race theory in schools

——-
Caleb Fernández is a digital content producer for KGUN 9. Born and raised in Southern California, Caleb has always had an affinity for creative collaborations. After earning his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in Advertising/Public Relations, Caleb went straight to New York City where he learned the necessities of production assistance, photography and art direction. Share your story ideas and important issues with Caleb by emailing caleb.fernandez@kgun9.com or by connecting on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.