Mead School Board does not pass bans on teaching critical race theory, gender-related books

MEAD, Wash. — After several hours of debate and public comment, the Mead School District voted to not pass two controversial changes to the curriculum.

They were debating on banning Critical Race Theory in all Mead schools. Mead currently does not teach CRT in their classrooms.

CRT is an academic theory that does not limit racism to just individual acts of prejudice. Its usually taught at the collegiate level.

The board also voted on banning all books and resources from the library and media center that discussed the gender spectrum, gender fluidity, or gender-neutral ideology.

The school board director, Michael Cannon, brought both proposals forward.

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Parents, grandparents, community members, and even students took the stage for public comment, which lasted two hours.

“Please consider voting this down, because I think we need inclusionary practices in our school district,” said Dave Gamon, who attended the debate.

People on both sides of the discussion shared their thoughts with the school board.

“A lot of parents in this room are going to watch how you vote on this resolution, and if you vote no on this resolution, I’m going to vote against you in your next election,” said Jack Ligman, another attendee.

The Mead School Board, voted 3-2 to not pass the ban on critical race theory.

Four of the Mead School Board members voted to not pass the ban on books and resources from the library and media center that discussed the gender spectrum, gender fluidity, or gender-neutral ideology. Director Michael Cannon chose to abstain from voting.