New Hampshire teachers' union suing over state's anti-critical race theory bill

Passed this summer, HB2 prohibits public employees from teaching that individuals are inferior, superior, should be discriminated against, or are inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive as a result of various aspects of their identity (race, sex, creed, marital status, etc…). 

WHAT IS CRITICAL RACE THEORY?

AFT-NH’s lawsuit, announced on Monday, alleges that the statute violates teachers’ First Amendment right to free speech.

Deb Howes, who serves as AFT-NH president, said in a statement: “This law has created fear among teachers who are not actually violating any New Hampshire law, but fear they could be targeted without evidence by people with a political agenda. Educators are terrified of losing their teaching license over simply trying to teach. This is something I never thought would happen in America.”

AFT President Randi Weingarten suggested that the law would hinder teaching of issues, like Japanese internment during WWII.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announces that he is seeking a fourth term as governor of New Hampshire, instead of running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, during a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Concord, New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announces that he is seeking a fourth term as governor of New Hampshire, instead of running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, during a news conference, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Concord, New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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