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Sen. Kapenga Questions State Superintendent for Answers Over Teacher CRT Webinar

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‘I can tell you for sure [CRT] is not the most radical thing to come out. Wait until you hear what we really think, what we really believe in’ Charlene Carruthers

There are new questions for Wisconsin’s state superintendent of schools about critical race theory, politics, and a webinar for teachers in the state.

On Monday, Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, released an open letter to State Superintendent Jill Underly that asks her a series of questions about a February webinar featuring activist and author Charlene Carruthers.

“Ms. Carruthers defines herself on her website first and foremost as a political strategist, which makes it concerning and questionable about how the political writings of someone who would be considered a radical activist by a large portion of my constituents is relevant for training our teachers, or in executing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mission to help children with disabilities to excel in school and thrive in society,” Kapenga wrote.

Charlene carruthersCharlene Carruthers’ webinar was based on her book Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.

Kapenga said the most concerning thing about the webinar was Charlene Carruthers’ quote.

“Of equal concern was her comment about Critical Race Theory. Ms. Carruthers is quoted as saying, ‘I can tell you for sure [CRT] is not the most radical thing to come out. Wait until you hear what we really think, what we really believe in,’” Kapenga added in his letter.

Kapenga is now demanding answers from the state superintendent’s office about:

  • What are these views that parents and the public would be surprised to learn DPI holds to and believes in?
  • Does DPI believe it is the duty of teachers to teach the caveats of activism, white privilege, systemic racism, and sexual identity in the classroom?
  • Will DPI be asking speakers with alternative views to be a part of the series to offer an exchange of views?
  • Will DPI make these webinars accessible on The Network website so that parents and the public can view the content?

“At a time when our schools are failing our children, as reflected in the already low and declining proficiency rates we see across our state – even after having received unprecedented amounts of money – I would think DPI and staff would be more focused on their mission to help raise student scores rather than creating activist, CRT, ‘leadership’ training for publicly-paid teachers,” Kapenga wrote in his letter.

GOP State Senate Watch List

The GOP Senators that have signed the Roth petition to go into extraordinary session to fire parole commissioner John Tate:

Stephen Nass

John Jagler

Roger Roth

Duey Stroebel

Julian Bradley

Andre Jacque

Kathy Bernier (Inclined to sign)

The GOP Senators who have NOT signed the petition:

Robert Cowles

Dale Kooyenga

Alberta Darling

Devin LeMahieu

Rob Stafsholt

Mary Felzkowski

Joan Ballweg

Howard Marklein

Dan Feyen

Van Wanggaard

Patrick Testin

Jerry Petrowski

Eric Wimberger

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