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Know Your Rights Utah

What educators should know about the new Utah Rule on instructing students about our country's history.
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Amid attempts to suppress discussions on racism, sexism, and inequity in public schools, the UEA is standing firm.

Special interest groups and policymakers across our country, in yet another attempt to divide Americans along partisan and racial lines, are pushing legislation that seeks to stifle discussions on racism, sexism, and inequity in public school classrooms.

Despite the rhetoric around them, these new laws do not prohibit teaching the full sweep of U.S. history, including teaching about nearly 250 years of slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction period, or the violent white supremacy that brought Reconstruction to an end and has persisted in one or another form ever since. Nor should these laws and policies undermine efforts to ensure that all students, including historically marginalized students, feel seen in the classroom and benefit from culturally inclusive curricula and pedagogical tools that teach the truth about our country.

In Utah, those efforts have resulted in adopting a new rule by the State Board of Education that governs how certain instruction is provided. 


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 18,000 members across the state, UEA supports equal opportunities for success for ALL Utah students, and respect and support for all educators.