divisive concepts

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 3, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation — places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]


Iowa’s new law raises question: ‘What is systemic racism?’

BY: - June 22, 2021

Faculty and staff in public schools, including public universities, are not to engage in the discussion of “systematic racism” in Iowa or the U.S. when conducting trainings of faculty, staff, and students. That’s according to House File 802, recently passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Training instructors are […]

Iowa bans ‘divisive concepts’ from diversity trainings, school curriculum

BY: - June 8, 2021

Iowa schools, public universities and governmental agencies will not be allowed to teach certain concepts in their curriculum or diversity trainings under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. House File 802 prohibits school curriculum and mandatory diversity training from including certain concepts that Republican lawmakers identified as divisive. Among the prohibited topics are […]

Charter school bill heads to Gov. Reynolds’ desk, divisive concepts bill gets a makeover

BY: - April 28, 2021

State senators approved a controversial charter school bill Wednesday that would allow new institutions to open outside the purview of a school board. House File 813 would create a new pathway for charter schools to form independently, applying and reporting directly to the State Board of Education. The Senate passed the proposal along party lines, […]

Des Moines students protest divisive concepts ban and charter schools at Capitol

BY: - April 26, 2021

Des Moines Public School students gathered on the steps of the Iowa Capitol on Monday afternoon to protest two education bills: one that would create new pathways for charter schools to form and another to ban certain “divisive concepts” from school training and curricula. “Diversity means nothing if we aren’t willing or even allowed to […]