Last month, a group of Fort Worth parents attended their local school board meeting and passionately spoke to end the use of critical race theory (CRT) in the district. This month, parents are planning to march on the school board and are rallying concerned citizens to join them.

 Critical race theory is a national crisis solved at a local level,” Missie Carra, the Texas director of Parents’ Rights in Education and a Fort Worth Independent School District parent who spoke to the board last month, told Texas Scorecard.

“Local parents, teachers, students, and community members recently committed to work together and plan to raise concerns about CRT’s impact and influence on student achievement with the FWISD school board on June 22,” Carra said.  

Just before the June 22 board meeting, the group is hosting a rally at the Fire Fighter Memorial at 2201 West 7th in Fort Worth. 

After the 4:00 p.m. rally, parents and other citizens concerned about the negative impact of CRT in their schools will march together to the FWISD Board of Trustee meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m.

One of the scheduled rally speakers is Tim O’Hare, a local attorney and candidate for Tarrant County Judge. 

“Critical race theory is racist on its face,” O’Hare told Texas Scorecard. “It is also anti-American. Teaching young people to hate their country is a ludicrous idea and has no place in our schools.” 

“A small group of committed people have repeatedly changed the world,” he added. “We can stand up for our country, we can fight back, and we can win.”  

The rally is also being attended by FreedomWorks, a nonprofit based out of Washington, D.C. that promotes individual liberty.  

“Fort Worth ISD is below the state average graduation rate and received a C from the state in the most recent student achievement rating,” Laura Zorc, Director of Education Reform at FreedomWorks, told Texas Scorecard. “The school board needs to be more focused on listening to parents and improving academic achievement rather than implementing critical race theory or any ideology that assumes individuals are oppressed/oppressors based on immutable characteristics.”  

Rally organizers are asking citizens who oppose CRT being used in FWISD schools to send a letter to the school board. 

The rally is open to all citizens.

Tera Collum

Tera Collum has 13 years experience as a government and economics teacher in Texas public schools. She recently was the director of The Travis Institute of Educational Policy and Teachers for Texas.