AL House Passes Ban On “Divisive” History Lessons

The Montgomery Advertiser reports:

The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would ban the teaching of “divisive concepts” in K-12 history after a debate in which Democrats accused Republicans of trying to erase history.

The bill, HB 312, passed 65 to 32, on a mostly party-line vote. Four Republicans joined the chamber’s Democrats in voting against the bill.

The bill, one of many being pushed by Republicans around the country to restrict the teaching of race and history, would forbid teachers from teaching students to “adopt or believe” a list of “divisive concepts.”

The Birmingham News reports:

After the bill passed, the Democratic representatives stood together to denounce the bill and the Republican majority’s procedural move to cut off the debate and pass the legislation, which was part of the House GOP agenda for this year, dubbed “Standing Tall for Alabama.”

The bill, by Rep. Ed Oliver, R-Dadeville, has been one of the most controversial this year. Oliver was asked if there was any indication that is happening in Alabama, Oliver said there is but did not provide any specifics. He said the bill was intended to be preventive.

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