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IN OUR VIEW/Back To School Carroll ISD takes wrong approach after national outrage

November 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

Several weeks ago, the Carroll Independent School District board in Southlake, Texas, made headlines when a recording surfaced of an administrator telling teachers that if they have a book on the Holocaust in their classroom, they should have one with an "opposing view."

The administrator was trying to make sense of a senseless new law, House Bill 3979, courtesy of the state Legislature, aimed to combat teaching of the controversial Critical Race Theory.

The recording caused quite a stir. Many were outraged and quick to point out there is no "opposing view" of the Holocaust.

The district was quick to agree. And no doubt wanted to be sure such a thing never happened again.

They seem to have come up a solution -- sort of.

Mike Hixenbaugh of NBC News reported this week that the district plans to ban staff from making any unauthorized recordings of conversations or meetings regarding district business without notifying all participating parties.

At least one school board member wants to extend that prohibition to students as well.

So, if something similar happens again, the district's main concern is that no one should find out about it.

Well, we guess that's one approach.

Somehow we don't think making it easier to cover up any potential embarrassment is what the district's critics had in mind. Carroll ISD needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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