Influential Iowa political blog reports on AIM’s Critical Race Theory investigation
April 22, 2022
Originally published at The Iowa Standard
Central Iowa educators on tape discussing Critical Race Theory, working around state law
By Jacob Hall – April 19, 2022
Iowa educators have been caught on undercover video discussing how they circumvent House File 802, a bill that banned teaching 10 divisive concepts as fact last year. The organization, Accuracy In Media, spent just a couple of days in the Hawkeye State while putting together the interviews.
Educators in Urbandale, West Des Moines, Johnston, Waukee and Saydel are on camera discussing working around the law and pushing Critical Race Theory in Iowa schools despite last year’s HF 802.
It is yet another reason lawmakers may want to consider supporting Education Savings Accounts, an issue that has kept the Iowa legislature from adjourning as the Iowa House Republicans refuse to support the party platform principle.
Urbandale’s Ryan Williamson tells Accuracy In Media that House File 802 has not had any impact on the district.
”It really hasn’t affected us at all,” he said. “Have we had to shift our language? Absolutely.”
Williamson said the law hasn’t stopped the district from talking about equity, implicit bias, explicit bias and privilege. He said the district still talks about systemic racism, it just can’t blame systemic racism on certain people.
When asked if there is push back from Trump supporters:
”Oh hell yeah,” he says.