H. 3728 contains harmful provisions that seek to prevent public educators from teaching the full truth of past and present race and gender inequalities in their classrooms, subject our public educators to undue surveillance of their instruction, burden our public educators with unnecessary complaint processes, and risk the loss of a significant amount of state funding for unjustified reasons.
This bill is advancing to the House, and your Representative needs to hear from you!
We oppose this bill because:
- The prohibited concepts are vague. It is impossible for teachers to know which lessons, language, or materials might be prohibited.
- H. 3728 is unnecessary. Discriminatory conduct is already prohibited by federal and state law – including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and their counterparts in South Carolina law.
- This bill creates an opportunity for school districts to be tasked with investigating educators based on frivolous and personally motivated complaints, and taking focus away from education and placing it on investigating educators instead.
In the documents section below, you'll find our guide to the State House. We've included info that's helpful for everything from where to park to how to structure your testimony to help you take action against classroom censorship.