A new expansive measure targeting how topics such as race and racism can be discussed in Texas schools went into effect December 2, replacing a previous "critical race theory" law passed in May. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 17, Senate Bill 3 went into effect last Thursday, and includes, among other stipulations, that "a teacher may not be compelled to discuss a widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs."
The new law does not explain which issues are considered controversial, but if a teacher chooses to discuss such a topic, they must "explore that topic objectively and in a manner free from political bias." The law also disallows students from receiving credit for volunteering for political campaigns or interning with advocacy groups and lobbying firms.