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Arizona House passes critical race theory ban across schools, universities, and government

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Arizona state House passed two bills Wednesday banning all public employees from teaching critical race theory in schools, universities, and government. Now, those who teach this banned curriculum will be fined $5,000.

Rep. Jake Hoffman “pulled no punches” on his floor speech leading up to the vote on SB-1532, calling a curriculum that perpetuates critical race theory “morally reprehensible and worthy of our society’s strongest condemnation.” He also sponsored SB-1074, which went the extra step in banning public employees from teaching the theory.

But opponents of the bills, all Democrats, called it them “teacher gag bills.” Rep. Jennifer Pawlik pointed at the already decreasing number of teachers in the state. Across the state, 1,728 teaching positions are unfilled. “Will this cause more teachers to leave the profession?” she asked the floor.

Rep. Aaron Lieberman voted against the bill. “We need to trust teachers, not gag them!” Lieberman said in a floor speech.

However, Hoffman assured his fellow legislators that teachers will still be able to teach facts. There is nothing in the bill banning “factual inequity,” like the history of slavery in this country. Instead, the bill bans concepts like “one race or sex is inherently superior” or “an individual by virtue of the individual’s race or sex is inherently privileged, racist or oppressive.”

“America is not racist,” Hoffman said, echoing Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and President Biden’s statements from earlier this week. “The state of Arizona should not use precious tax payer resources to teach racism to public employees period.”

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Press Secretary Jen Psaki Says She Loves Working for President Oba—, President Biden

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It might be wishful thinking or flat-out denial. Nonetheless, it’s not President Biden himself who slips up on who is, in fact, the President. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki started to say how much she loved working for President Oba, er, Biden.

Talking to host Joy Behar of “The View” Jen addressed rumors that she would be resigning soon. “Say it isn’t so. Is it true?” Behar asked. “I don’t know when I’m leaving, this is an honor and a privilege,” she said.

“I love working for President Oba…” she said before correcting herself to say “President Biden.” She added “I love working for him every single day. I love spending time with him, hearing what’s on his mind, actually going on the road with him is really the best thing possible. I wish everybody could have that experience because he gets so much joy out of it.”

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