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Arizona House OKs critical race theory ban in constitution

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 10:57:11-05

Republicans in the Arizona House have approved a measure that will ask voters to amend the state constitution to ban the teaching of so-called “critical race theory” in schools and bar any preferential treatment based on race.

A ban on teaching critical race theory has become a major political talking point for Republicans nationwide.

It is not taught in Arizona’s schools, but that has not stopped lawmakers from enacting a ban last year.

The state Supreme Court struck it down because it was unconstitutionally included in the budget.

Thursday's 31-28 party-line vote in the GOP-controlled House sends the measure to the Senate.

If it is approved there, it goes on the November ballot.