Carteret school board adopts policy to prohibit teaching Critical Race Theory; discipline was not part of curriculum

 The Carteret County Board of Education approved a policy revision Nov. 3 that prohibits teaching Critical Race Theory in county public school classrooms. (Cheryl Burke photo)

BEAUFORT — The Carteret County Board of Education unanimously approved a curriculum policy revision Nov. 3 that prohibits teaching Critical Race Theory in county public school classrooms.

The theory, which has caused heated debates across the nation, was not being taught in Carteret County public schools.

A portion of the revision to Policy 3100 states the curriculum will not include “social and other theories that are not (a) generally accepted as accurate by scholars in the academic fields aligned with the subjects or (b) included in textbooks or other materials approved by the State Board of Education. Teachers shall not teach these theories as accepted fact. An example of a social or political theory that is neither generally accepted as accurate or approved for inclusion in the textbooks for public schools in North Carolina is the Critical Race Theory or CRT.”

There was no discussion about the revision during last week’s meeting, held in the school system’s central office on Safrit Drive in Beaufort, although Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson asked assistant superintendent Blair Propst to read the revision out loud at the request of a parent who thanked them for making the revision during the public comment portion of the meeting.

In an email response to the News-Times Monday, Dr. Jackson said school board members asked for the revision after several parents and community members “voiced concern about Critical Race Theory.”

Dr. Jackson further said, “Stated simply, Critical Race Theory will not be taught in Carteret County Public Schools.”

According to Education Week, Critical Race Theory is an academic concept that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies and continues to be perpetrated.

There has been explosive debate across the nation on the possibility of teaching the theory in public school classrooms since the idea was introduced in the spring. Numerous state legislatures, including in North Carolina, have debated bills to ban its use in classrooms. N.C. Lieutenant Gov. Mark Robinson, a Republican, released a report in August that included complaints from parents claiming teachers were using the theory in classrooms to indoctrinate students.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, in September, vetoed a bill that would have regulated what views public schools could promote in classrooms.

In addition to the revision to Policy 3100, the Carteret County Board of Education also approved a revision to Policy 7720, which deals with employee political activities. The revision came at the suggestion of the N.C. School Boards Association, which routinely suggests policy revisions to local school boards across the state.

A portion of the revised policy states, “… employees must be mindful of their responsibility to deliver the curriculum of the school system and may not present their personal political views to students in the classroom or when otherwise engaged in the instruction of students.”


Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(13) comments


Thank you Jesus!


I reached out to Dr. Jackson on October 8th and asked if any of Ibram X Kendi's books are used in our educational system? Dr. Jackson said he would have a staff member check and get back to me. I’m still waiting on a response.


I will never understand why people get so worked up over CRT. It was never being taught in our schools and was never in any danger of being taught. This reminds me of the hysteria that had small towns all over the country banning sharia law several years ago despite there being ZERO chance of it ever actually existing there.

Be smarter, folks. This is what happens when politicians and partisan news media work together to create hysteria over nothing in order to help get themselves elected.


So let me get this straight, they voted to not teach something that was not being taught and has never been taught in Carteret County history? Fox News turned a laid back beach town into a weird classless shell of its former self.


When I went to West Carteret once a year they would let a bunch of guys run around the halls with rebel flags doing the rebel yell. Those of us who went through the Carteret County School System know where they stand when it comes to race and what version of history they like to teach. Even though it’s extremely weird to vote on something that doesn’t exist it’s not surprising one bit.


Banning books, and ideas. Every educators dream! I imagine the parents of those nice, clean cut young men, marching and chanting " jews will not replace us" in Charlottesville a cpl years ago had no idea, how they raised lil neo nazis. Dangerous books, dangerous ideas, let's let the mob decide what's best.


In 2016, Obama signed a bill stating the federal government will no longer use the terms “Negro” and “Oriental.”

During Biden’s Veterans Day speech, he said: I’ve adopted the attitude of the great Negro — at the time, pitcher in the Negro Leagues, Satchel Paige. I bet the CRT activist didn’t like this comment.


Lets just teach the kids to think.


Teaching kids to think is an excellent idea. Outside the bubble of far out politics. As a parent I am most interested in schools teaching the 3 r's and the other things kids need, history, music and arts. I dont lose any sleep over crt, LGBT books in the library or any of the far rights daily outrage. Those issues are addressed at home in casual conversations, where opinions are examined, contrasts are made and everyone has a voice.


[angry]There's nothing like taking unnecessary action and spending our tax money for absolutely nothing...sort of like building that bridge to nowhere. What a waste of time, energy and thought process. Banning something that does NOT exist. You know that makes some people want to go find out more about whatever was banned, just saying.[ban]



Here we go again!

This is very good news, now we have to do something about our children being taught about dinosaurs too.

Jackie Gleason

Somebody…..somewhere…….needs to give these Individuals a medal. No discussion……no debate… just doesn’t make sense… logic… clouds inside our heads. It will not be taught because it doesn’t make sense to pit the races against each other……we have seen enough…..not here…..go elsewhere back to Wake or Orange County…..I love it…..Merry Christmas! Do not bring your voting habits to places where we value family…black….white…and actually say hi to each other.

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