Esko officials address critical race theory

During the open forum of the Esko School Board meeting, Superintendent Aaron Fischer told parents in attendance that critical race theory is not taught in the school district.

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Esko Public Schools. (Jamie Lund / 2019 file / Pine Journal)

Parent’s attending the Esko School Board meeting Monday, Oct. 11, had many questions for the board, one being whether the district taught critical race theory to its students.

While school boards do not have to respond to questions or comments during the forum section of the meeting, as it is meant to allow parents to voice concerns and opinions, Superintendent Aaron Fischer answered the question for the parents in attendance.

“Critical race theory is not in discussion at any level here,” he said.

Fischer added while certain topics of the theory, like equity, could be discussed in the classroom, the theory itself is not.

“It is not part of our curriculum and it is not something that we are even in discussion about (adding),” he said. “If you go to where it comes from, it’s a college level course. It’s not something we would traditionally try to put in.”


Critical race theory was developed by legal scholars in the 1970s as a response to persisting evidence of racism in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

The theory has sparked controversy across the nation in 2021. Locally, it was discussed at the June 14 Wrenshall School Board meeting .

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Dylan covers the local governments of Cloquet and Carlton County, as well as the Esko and Wrenshall school boards for the Cloquet Pine Journal.
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