The South Carolina Freedom Caucus on Tuesday released audio of a professional development specialist explaining how “tenets of critical race theory” seep into the state’s public school system.
“Think CRT isn’t being taught in your school? Think again,” reads text on the video, which was released Tuesday on Youtube.
The South Carolina Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of state legislators, said the recording was provided by a whistleblower, and allegedly shows Tarika Sullivan, a Professional Development Specialist for EL Education, explaining how she works “with school leadership teams to help improve schools and provide curriculum support.”
Sullivan explains further that the curriculum is “inclusive of culturally relevant teaching” and that the teaching starts with “school leadership” and then subsequently to the “whole staff.”
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“I would first start with an assessment of what are your beliefs about the state of affairs in this country? Like, what do you think? Tell me about your privilege. Do you enjoy any privileges? What parts of your identity are privileged? So I would ask that to you at home. What parts of your identity are privileged as a white male? Here are some of the privileges that I enjoy. But it starts with that,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan appears to explain that the academic term for the subject is called “culturally relevant pedagogy.”
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Sullivan goes on to say that, “When we start walking into school doors, we spend less time calling it that and more like respecting students’ cultures or bringing the culture into the classroom and honoring and respecting the tenets of critical race theory.”
“We have allies, and we have co-conspirators,” she says in the recording, describing a co-conspirator as someone who teaches these concepts “even if [they] get in trouble.”
Reacting to the audio, the South Carolina Freedom Caucus said Sullivan’s practice is “circumventing state law to teach critical race theory.”
“For the past two years, parents were gaslighted by the education establishment and Democrat elected officials who said CRT wasn’t being taught or implemented in public school,” SCFC Vice Chairman RJ May, R-Lexington, told Fox News Digital. “This recording clearly shows that not only is it being implemented, but schools are welcoming organizations that are intentionally breaking the law and hiding it from public view.”
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“This video shows the desperate need for legislative action,” May continued. “Specifically, we must permanently codify into law greater academic transparency; ban this divisive, racist, and un-American teaching; pass universal school choice; establish a Parental Bill of Rights; and audit every public school in South Carolina to rid it of these organizations seeking to break state law.”
In the 2021-2022 legislative session, a ban on CRT curriculum in K-12 education failed to pass the legislature, but a provision was inserted in the budget bill restricting funding for lesson plans related to CRT in South Carolina.
EL Education did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The issue of education has become a top concern among voters heading into the midterm elections. Since the pandemic, school board meetings have become battlegrounds between parents and school board officials.