State representative holds critical race theory discussion

State Rep. Doug Richey will hold a listening session to give Northland parents an opportunity to make their voices heard on education issues such as critical race theory, critical pedagogy and the ongoing COVID-19 response. The session is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at Providence Baptist Church, 12206 N. Stark Ave. in Kansas City.

State Rep. Doug Richey, a Republican representing House District 38, which includes area around Kearney, Liberty and Excelsior Springs, will hold a listening session to give Northland parents an opportunity to make their voices heard on pressing education issues such as critical race theory, critical pedagogy and the ongoing COVID-19 response. The session is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at Providence Baptist Church, 12206 N. Stark Ave. in Kansas City.

Richey will be joined by fellow Republicans and Reps. Josh Hurlbert of House District 12, which includes Smithville; and Chris Brown of House District 16, which includes areas around Liberty and Gladstone in Kansas City.

"As the vice chair of the Joint Education Committee, I've heard from many parents and teachers who are frustrated by matters related to Critical Race Theory in our schools. I'm also hearing regularly from my constituents about these issues,” said Richey. “Critical Pedagogy is a growing problem, along with confusion surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 response, and parents are feeling pushed to the side and ignored. In response to these frustrations, my office is coordinating a listening session for Northland parents to express their concerns and ask pressing questions."

Richey said local school administrators will also be in attendance to answer questions and participate in the discussion.