Salesman who boasted in Project Veritas video about stealthy selling of CRT curriculum put on leave
The salesman's employer responded with updated statement after initially condemning Project Veritas' practices.
The Georgia salesman who boasted in an undercover video about selling so-called Critical Race Theory curriculum to public schools despite a statewide ban on racially "divisive" lesson plans has been put on leave by his employer, Teaching Lab HQ.
The group announced late Wednesday that employee Quintin Bostic had been put on administrative leave, after initially accusing Project Veritas, the undercover journalism group behind the sting video, of deceptively editing the content.
Bostic is listed on the Teaching Lab website as a content manager but reportedly sold the content as a self-employed contractor to public school districts in Georgia's Cobb and Fulton counties.
"Teaching lab does not create or sell curriculum," the company originally responded. "Project Veritas, a widely discredited activist group, released a deceptively produced and edited video of a Teaching Lab employee who was recorded without his knowledge or consent. The views expressed by the employee in these recordings are his own."
Last year, Georgia joined several other GOP-led states in banning schools from teaching of Critical Race Theory, an academic theory that essentially argues inherent racism exists in U.S. institutions that is generally not taught in elementary through high schools.
In April 2022, Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on teaching "divisive" academic concepts about racism, which would include Critical Race Theory.
After the release Tuesday of the video, the Georgia Education Department said if the content is verified then Bostic's sales are illegal, citing last year's Protect Students First Act.
In addition, the state said it's investigating the matter to make certain the curriculum in question has not spread to other school districts and to get a more accurate picture of the situation.
The statement were followed by Teaching Lab announcing Bostic had been placed on leave.
"The views expressed by the employee in these recordings are not the views of Teaching Lab, and are inaccurate and regrettable," the company said. "The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending further review."
In the video, which was followed by the release of a second one later this week, Bostic appears to say "If you don't say the word 'critical race theory,' you can teach it." Schools "don't even know what's going on. I'd say I'm a good salesman, but I'm also an evil salesman. Like, so bad."
He also said he didn't think he would "lose his job" if the sales were made public.