systemic racism

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 […]

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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 […]

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, […]

House Agriculture panel probes ‘systemic’ USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday heard about how Black farmers have faced decades of racial discrimination in their dealings with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The committee’s chairman, Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., said the testimony at the virtual hearing would help the panel craft legislation that aims to increase the number of […]

Lawmakers look at restrictions on training dealing with ‘divisive concepts’ in schools

BY: - March 1, 2021

Public schools and universities in Iowa would face new restrictions related to staff or student training dealing with racism, sexism and discrimination under a bill that is advancing in both the Iowa House and Senate. House Study Bill 258 is one of several Republican-sponsored bills addressing issues related to racism or freedom of speech being […]

Speakers: U.S. needs ‘green recovery’ after triple whammy of COVID, climate change, racial justice issues

BY: - September 23, 2020

This country’s struggle to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and racial justice shows the need for a multi-trillion-dollar “green recovery,” speakers told the Society of Environmental Journalists Wednesday.  “If you talk about how systemic racism is built into America’s DNA, then you see how no matter if you talk about housing, health care, […]