Rep. Steve Handy at Fremont Elementary School 06

A first grade student at Fremont Elementary School in Sunset is pictured doing school work on Jan. 14, 2021.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s board of education has passed new rules around how race can be taught in K-12 schools.

The board on Thursday confirmed new rules that would ensure that children in K-12 schools aren’t taught that any race, gender or religion is superior to another, The Deseret News reported Friday. They also prevent teaching that could make someone feel guilty for the past actions of individuals of the same group.

The new rules align with a proposal that an education committee put forth last week. State lawmakers also passed a similar resolution last month, which recommended that the state review any curriculum that examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law.

Republican lawmakers said they wanted to ensure that children aren’t being taught that one race is inherently better than another as part of critical race theory, which highlights how historical inequities and racism continue to shape public policy and social conditions.

Governors and legislatures in Republican-controlled states across the country are moving to define what race-related ideas can be taught in public schools and colleges, a reaction to the nation’s racial reckoning after last year’s police killing of George Floyd. The measures have been signed into law in at least three states and are being considered in many more.

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