Critical race theory has been a flashpoint in U.S. politics for parents, some of whom have organized around the country against the topic being taught in schools.
Republican politicians, including O’Rourke’s opponent – Gov. Greg Abbott – have legislated bans on CRT for K-12 schools. Abbott signed a bill into law last year that stipulated how educators can teach U.S. history.
“What if we treated that teacher with the respect that she has earned, that she is owed, that we all want to give,” O’Rourke said.
Throughout his campaign, he has stressed that he stands with teachers.
“Instead of attacking teachers, I’ll be a governor who has their backs,” O’Rourke said in June.