Information on Critical Race Theory
Wichita Public Schools strives to prepare all of our student scholars to achieve college, career and life readiness through an innovative and rigorous educational experience. Our school district is committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence, and we believe that every student is entitled to adequate and equitable opportunities, resources, and services. Wichita Public Schools does not teach Critical Race Theory. Our curriculum is research-based and rigorous, and is aligned to the Kansas State Department of Education standards (www.ksde.org).
To understand what CRT is, Education Week has created a short video that explains this concept.
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