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ICYMI: House GOP Votes Against the Teaching of Nearly a Dozen Historical Events & Figures

The "Lost Cause of the Confederacy," the The "Three-Fifths Compromise," the U.S. Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, etc.

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From the VA House Democratic Caucus:

ICYMI: House GOP Votes Against the Teaching of Nearly a Dozen Historical Events & Figures
During late night session, House Democrats introduce 10 floor amendments that would have protected the teaching of important history from attack under the ambiguous label of “divisive concepts”

RICHMOND, VA – Last night, House Republicans voted to kill nearly a dozen floor amendments to HB 787 offered by Delegates Schuyler VanValkenburg, Dan Helmer, Clint Jenkins, Kathy Tran, Don Scott, and Sally Hudson. The amendments would have ensured educators can teach students important and valuable lessons from United States history without the fear of political backlash. The bill’s patron defended the legislation saying it would “prevent teachers from taking sides” on issues like the Lost Cause of the Confederacy and the Three-Fifths Compromise.  At the end of a full day of voting, Republicans rejected protections for the accurate, historical teaching of:

“Governor Youngkin and Virginia Republicans have spent the past month injecting their politics into Virginia’s classrooms and pitting citizens against one another at the expense of our children’s education. The amendments our House Democratic Caucus proposed would ensure that the complete and accurate teaching of American history is protected from political censorship,” said Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn. “As stories about book bans and even book burnings continue to surface, we must be vigilant in our fight to protect Virginia’s well-earned reputation for providing a world class public education.”

“We can’t just rewrite or ignore the difficult parts of our history, and studying all of American History allows students to examine our shortcomings in order to create that more perfect union,” said Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “Last night Democrats tried to protect some of these moments in our history and, once again, House Republicans showed us what they value when they voted to pass the amendments by.”

House Republicans wielded their narrow majority to kill each of these amendments on a vote of 50-47 last night.

Today, HB 787 passed the House on a narrow 50-49 vote.

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