Critical Race Theory is not part of the current curriculum at Wayne County Public Schools.
Several people have brought their concerns regarding CRT to the Wayne County Board of Education over the past few months.
WCPS Superintendent Dr. David Lewis provided clarification on where CRT stands in the district at this week’s school board meeting.
Lewis says the term “Critical Race Theory” is not included in any of the state’s newly adopted social studies standards or the unpacking documents approved by the State Board of Education.
WCPS, like all North Carolina school districts, is required to use the State Board of Education’s approved social studies standards.
Dr. Lewis says this is also the time of year where textbook companies start putting out North Carolina-specific materials, and he expects CRT will not be included in those materials since CRT is not part of the new social studies standards
Dr. Lewis also says Board Policy 3210 gives parents the right to inspect and formally object to any instructional materials being taught in Wayne County Public Schools.
Critical Race Theory examines social, cultural and legal issues primarily as they relate to race and racism in the United States.
Controversy has grown over the teaching of CRT across the U.S. in recent months.