1.30.21 Update about the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” being considered by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Illinois has certain standards for what is required to be a teacher. These standards are contained in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 24. Section 24.130 of these rules contains the minimum requirements for programs that award teachers a certificate to teach.
On Feb. 16th, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules will consider a new rule that will be added to Section 24. This new rule is called the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards” and if approved will be added onto the minimums established in Section 130.
There are many poison pills in the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards,” but the main objection is Section 24.50 G) The culturally responsive teacher and leader will:
5) Embrace and encourage inclusive viewpoints and perspectives that leverage asset thinking toward traditionally marginalized populations.
In other words, it is not only the job of prospective teachers to teach far left ideology but for them to also EMBRACE far left ideology. This is a violation of people’s First Amendment Constitutional rights. It is not the job of educators to ensure that students become the next generation of far-left radicals. What is happening here is wrong. I am urging everyone to call the members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to urge them to vote “NO” on the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards.”
If you’re upset about this rule and want to voice your displeasure, you can email JCAR directly, but I’d also ask that you send your thoughts to ISBE by clicking here.
You can also clog up their phone lines by calling ISBE in Chicago at (312) 814-2220 or in Springfield at (217) 782-4321.
There’s a lot at stake, how it ends is up to you.
Here is the list of legislators to call:
CO-CHAIRMAN SENATOR BILL CUNNINGHAM
CO-CHAIRMAN REPRESENTATIVE KEITH WHEELER
SENATOR JOHN CURRAN
SENATOR KIMBERLY LIGHTFORD
SENATOR TONY MUNOZ
SENATOR SUE REZIN
REPRESENTATIVE TOM DEMMER
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HALPIN
REPRESENTATIVE FRANCES ANN HURLEY
REPRESENTATIVE STEVEN REICK
REPRESENTATIVE ANDRE THAPEDI