Washington Post: Tennessee Could Withhold Millions From Schools Found To Violate Guidelines On Teaching Critical Race Theory


Tennessee has laid out plans to withhold millions of dollars in state funding from schools found to violate a recently passed state law that regulates the teaching of critical race theory, an academic framework examining how policies and laws may perpetuate systemic racism.

The potential penalties were listed in guidance recently released by state education officials, which are open for public comment through Aug. 11. If the rules are imposed as stated, the state education department could withhold the lesser of $1 million or 2 percent of state funds allocated to schools deemed to have knowingly violated the state law, while failing to take “corrective action.”

Repeat offenders could forfeit $5 million, or forgo 10 percent of annual state funds, whichever is less. Authorities may also revoke, suspend or deny the licenses of individual teachers.

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