The cast of "Fixer Upper" Chip and Joanna Gaines donated $ 1,000 to a Texas school board candidate who went out to fight for critical race education - even though the school district denied its presence in its curriculum.
Shannon Braun, mentioned by Gaines spokeswoman as the sister of Chip Gaines in The Dallas Morning News, fights for the board of Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Colleyville, a town 15 miles northeast of Fort Worth. The Gaineses donated $ 1,000 to Braun's campaign, while Braun and Chip Gaines' parents donated $ 2,000, reports Dallas Morning News.
In a Facebook post, Braun said on Wednesday he had been an advocate for "restoring the focus of our curriculum and teaching, rather than filling the curriculum with Critical Race Theory."
However, a GCISD spokesman told NBC News via email that "the curriculum used in GCISD does not include instruction in Critical Race Theory."
"As we encourage our students to take in what they are learning, they often have the option of how to approach the assignment or topic they are researching and reading," the speaker said in a statement. "This does not mean that Critical Race Theory is part of GCISD studies."
The critical view of race is a concept that seeks to understand racism and inequality in the U.S. By examining and disclosing what it looks like in everyday life.
Last year, a growing number of conservative leaders took the ten-year term as a barrier to anti-apartheid and anti-diversity efforts, prompting many provinces across the country to introduce more bans that block race theory in K-12 schools.
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In Texas, conservative lawmakers are considering two bills that could undermine the racism theory in the classroom, which will affect how teachers talk about racism and discrimination in schools, reports the Texas Tribune. These funds will also prevent students from getting credit by participating in organizations that promote community participation.
Braun also included Gaineses as a campaign to authorize his website, but did not disclose his relationship with the couple, the newspaper reported.
As of Thursday, the confession section has been removed from her website.
Braun and the Gaines couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Braun and incumbent Mindy McClure will contest the by-elections on June 5. In the May 1 election, Braun received 47.9% of the vote and McClure received 39.3 percent.