Update: The Educations and Cultural Affairs Committee voted unanimously "ought not to pass" on this bill!
This bill would prohibit teachers from discussing "controversial" issues that are not "germane" to the course being taught, and would specifically ban teachers from addressing the very real issues of white supremacy and racial justice. This bill has many problems. It encroaches on teachers' constitutionally-protected free speech rights. It is too vague to be enforced, because what may constitute a controversial topic to one person may not be at all controversial to another. By prohibiting teachers from addressing race-based discrimination in its current forms, it could lead to unsafe school environments. And it would undermine the universal goal of preparing our young people to be thoughtful, educated thinkers.