NEPC Review: How to Regulate Critical Race Theory in Schools: A Primer and Model Legislation (Manhattan Institute, August 2021)
The Manhattan Institute’s How to Regulate Critical Race Theory in Schools: A Primer and Model Legislation manufactures a case against Critical Race Theory (CRT), building on a foundation of right-wing talking points. The report offers model legislation to counter the purported CRT-inspired indoctrination in schools. This review examines some of the ways that the report mischaracterizes CRT. The review also explains how and why the model legislation might, if adopted, lead to anti-discrimination lawsuits. For these reasons, the Manhattan report does not provide serious guidance to lawmakers interested in understanding or legislating about issues related to race in schools.