Although the Texas State Legislature passed a bill attempting to prohibit critical race theory (CRT) from being used in schools, it appears the controversial curriculum has been used in at least one state agency.

Republican gubernatorial challenger and former State Sen. Don Huffines released materials provided by a whistleblower revealing that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has been utilizing CRT in its training manuals.

A required condition of employment with DFPS, a state-funded agency comprised of more than 13,000 employees, is taking a course entitled “Knowing Who You Are.” This course is full of Marxist ideology, and employees are required to agree with acknowledging institutional racism and white privilege, and commit to being social justice warriors.

Huffines’ assertions of the whistleblower’s report have been independently verified by Texas Scorecard in conversations with DFPS employees working in different regions of the state. They tell Texas Scorecard the training courses exist as Huffines describes them.

Huffines released the following statement along with links to the CRT training materials:

“Critical Race Theory is a disgusting, Marxist ideology dedicated to pitting Texans against each other and dividing our state. It has no place in Texas’ period, let alone in our state agencies. Greg Abbott must immediately call a special session of the Texas Legislature to weed out this poison from not only the Department of Family and Protective Services, but every agency and university in our state.”

Huffines further added:

“A few months ago, my campaign uncovered Leftist transgender ideology being promoted by DFPS. I promised Texans I would get the webpage taken down and within hours of my announcement it was removed. This Critical Race Theory training material must meet the same fate.”

The incident Huffines is referring to was the Texas DFPS including links to an LGBT website that promotes child mutilation and transgender ideology, which were taken down following the backlash from angered citizens.

Child mutilation remains legal in Texas, as neither the regular legislative session nor the three special sessions managed to address the issue in any meaningful manner due to Gov. Abbott’s refusal to place the issue on a special session agenda.

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard. A 2021 graduate of Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government, Sydnie is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.