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Panel Three: Critical Race Theory in K-12 Public Schools

Michael Barber
Mark J. Bremer
Josh Hammer
Kimberly Hermann
Dave Roland

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The 2022 Missouri Chapters Conference took place on January 24, 2022, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO. The topic of the conference was “Freedom of Thought”.

Public K-12 schools across the country have introduced elements of critical race theory into their curriculums. The Biden Administration has produced a federal rule that would prioritize funding for history and civics programs shaped by CRT. Meanwhile, lawmakers in 16 states have introduced or passed legislation seeking to limit the teaching of critical race theory within public institutions. And parents across the country have pushed back against school boards adopting CRT and filed litigation to that effect. What is critical race theory? And are states and localities within their rights in designing and limiting curricula and what can and cannot be taught in public schools, or do laws that do so potentially violate First Amendment rights or other applicable law?


  • Reverend Michael Barber, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
  • Josh Hammer, Opinion Editor, Newsweek and Research Fellow, Edmund Burke Foundation
  • Kimberly Hermann, General Counsel, Southeastern Legal Foundation
  • Dave Roland, Director of Litigation, Freedom Center of Missouri
  • Moderator: Mark Bremer, Partner, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum, LLP and President, St. Louis Lawyers Chapter

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