Metro Nashville Public Schools Says It Won’t Implement Critical Race Theory


Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) informed The Tennessee Star that it doesn’t plan to implement critical race theory.

MNPS spokesperson Sean Braisted responded to inquiries from The Star about remarks from the district’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion executive officer, Ashford Hughes. We asked whether Hughes would implement any of the banned tenets in MNPS’s forthcoming “Equity Roadmap,” and if MNPS planned to implement critical race theory.

Braisted responded, “Mr. Hughes was not suggesting those reading materials be a part of school curriculum, but rather that those interested in discussing the subject, read about what they are discussing.

“No, the district does not plan to ‘implement critical race theory,'” he concluded.

The finalized version of MNPS’s Equity Roadmap has yet to be published.

As The Star reported last week, Hughes has posted in support of critical race theory following the state legislature’s ban on critical race theory tenets from K-12 schools.

“This Juneteenth weekend I hope we can increase the debate around what Critical Race Theory actually IS by reading the scholarly works that have been written by leaders of the theory for over 30 plus years,” wrote Hughes. “This book should be on your shelf whether you oppose or support.”

An online, free public version of the book is available here.

Hughes celebrated President Joe Biden’s decision to revoke previous President Donald Trump’s ban on incorporating critical race theory in employee training.


Like the banned tenets now outlined in Tennessee law, Trump’s ban didn’t mention the words “critical race theory.” Both bans covered the tenets of the theory at length, such as: that a race can be fundamentally racist or sexist; that an individual’s race makes them inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive; that treatment of others should be based on race; that race determines moral character, values, privilege, status, and beliefs, as well as exacts blame or responsibility for past and current wrongs.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].






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7 Thoughts to “Metro Nashville Public Schools Says It Won’t Implement Critical Race Theory”

  1. Jay

    How about we all agree slavery was not good. Oh yes thousands of Americans died to prove the point. Reparations have been paid in full by the blood spilled on both sides. End of discussion move on.

  2. Kalee

    By any other name, manure stinks just as bad. How about we rename it CHILD ABUSE?!?

  3. turbo

    I believe he will just try another way to spread his theory. He should be removed.

  4. Ms Independent

    I wouldn’t trust one word MNPS says…

  5. 100% probability that Hughes is a liar. Watch and see. Won’t take long. They may re-name it something like, “The Immortal Smores,” but they will do whatever they can to ignore the law.

  6. Truthy McTruthFace

    they will they just wont call it that. you watch.

    1. 83ragtop50

      And Schwinn will not stop it when it is pointed out to her.