Sierra Vista Unified School District is free of critical race theory

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

Superintendent Eric B. Holmes, ed. D. confirmed on Thursday that a draft English Language Curriculum (ELA) would not incorporate CRT values, despite rumors.

My purpose in writing this statement is to affirm that our district and its teachers do not and will not teach CRT. Our district curriculum has been, and will continue to be, based on Arizona State standards.

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

Eric B. Holmes, ed. D.

This position aligns with a House bill Governor Doug Ducey signed into law in July 2021.

“When I took office, I swore to use taxpayers’ money responsibly, and funding political commentary training is not a responsible expense,” he explained. “I’m not going to waste public money on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech.”

Governance HB 2906; audits; training allows a fine of up to $5,000 for schools that violate this law.

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