Arntzen, a Republican, has asked fellow Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen for a legal opinion on teaching antiracism and critical race theory.
Critical race theory, or CRT, is an area of academics and legal analysis based on the premise that racism has been and remains systemic in the United States. The theory examines the history of racism in institutional areas such as the criminal justice system and education as barriers to overcoming inequality.
“Antiracism” is named specifically in the federal language, which Arntzen writes is often associated with critical race theory. In her request to the attorney general, Arntzen raises concerns about whether the teachings violate the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the U.S. and Montana constitutions.
“OPI has serious concerns about the effect of this proposal on the education of students in Montana,” the request states. “It also raises serious questions as to whether it encourages…