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Lawmakers advance bill aimed at teaching American principles

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Republican State Senator Max Wise stands at his desk on the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, aimed at incorporating a series of historical documents and speeches into the classroom work by Kentucky students — a response to the national debate over critical race theory. Sen. Wise, the bill's lead sponsor, said it offers a “guide” for school work based on a “more positive set of American principles.” (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

An anti-critical race theory bill that dictates how history should be taught in Kentucky classrooms moves forward. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports.

SB 138 sponsor Senator Max Wise said the bill does not tell teachers what they “can or cannot teach.” It does mean students can’t be incentivized to advocate for a position that they or their family do not support.

Those who support the bill say it will create unity and ensure students are taught important historical documents that shaped our country at age-appropriate levels. Those against it argue that the bill whitewashes the history of our nation. Senator Morgan McGarvey called SB 138 vague and raised concerns over language that says any instruction and instructional materials on controversial topics must be “respectful to differing perspectives of students.”

The bill passed 28 to 8 and heads to the House.