Horry County School Board votes to not include critical race theory in curriculum

Published: Aug. 22, 2022 at 3:28 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2022 at 11:22 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) -- In an 11-1 vote for the resolution on critical race theory, Horry County Schools Board of Education made it clear, CRT will not be a part of the curriculum.

“I’m four months away from not being the school board chairman anymore, so I don’t have to watch what I say anymore,” said Board Chairman Ken Richardson.

Critical race theory is a framework for understanding and focusing on how race has shaped public policy.

Experts say the term is being misrepresented and unfairly demonized. But opponents of CRT claim it is part of a larger crusade against American history.

The resolution states in part, “Horry County Schools follows the curriculum standards provided by the South Carolina Department of Education to all of South Carolina K-12 public schools; and will not include Critical Race Theory as a framework in any course offerings.”

Currently, the state Department of Education does not have plans to include CRT either.

The critical race theory term started to appear in 2021 during rallies and has since become an educational issue on how race and racism are taught in schools.

“If it’s been passed by law in several other states and South Carolina, why do we as a school board need a resolution to precede what state law is?” asked Janet Graham, District 7.

“Quite frankly, I’m not concerned with what’s going on at the state right now. I’m concerned about Horry County,” Richardson said. “Like I said earlier, I’ve been asked about this a thousand times. I want to be able, the next time I get asked about it, to just send them a copy of the resolution.”

Graham was the only “no” vote.

“I don’t understand it. I’m concerned that we are educators and we are here to open the door to discuss theory,” she said.

Richardson had a message for any district educator who wants to include CRT in their lesson plan.

“We don’t teach critical race theory in Horry County Schools. Does that mean it doesn’t get slipped in? Of course, it tries to get slipped in and it might be slipped in,” he said. “If we find out about it, we’re going to do something about it.”