DEI

On party lines, Kentucky Senate OKs bill to curb diversity, equity, inclusion in higher education

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Senate Republicans passed a bill aimed at curbing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in public universities and colleges Tuesday.  Senate Bill 6 was sent to the House on a party line vote with 26 Republicans voting in favor and seven Democrats voting against it.  The sponsor, Senate Republican Whip Mike Wilson, of […]

Poll finds majority of Kentucky voters think DEI should be left up to businesses, institutions

BY: - February 13, 2024

A majority of Kentucky voters believe businesses and institutions should make their own decisions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs without politicians’ input, a new poll found.  According to results released Tuesday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a poll of 625 registered Kentucky voters found 71% believe businesses and institutions should be […]

Conservative student testifies ‘I’m used to being in the minority’ as anti-diversity bill advances

BY: - February 8, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that would curb diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in Kentucky’s public universities advanced from a legislative committee Thursday after undergoing several changes. The original Senate Bill 6 would have allowed employees and students to sue public universities and colleges on grounds they were discriminated against for rejecting “divisive concepts.” Under […]

Beshear underscores support for DEI during Black History Month celebration

BY: - February 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear reaffirmed his support for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives during a Black History Month celebration Thursday at the Kentucky Capitol.  Amid a flurry of anti-DEI legislation in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, Beshear told the crowd in the Capitol Rotunda that “diversity is an asset” and makes Kentucky “more […]

House anti-DEI bill would increase government oversight of Kentucky’s public universities

BY: - January 19, 2024

A House Republican is broadening her party’s attack on diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks in Kentucky higher education with legislation that would bar universities and colleges from expending “any resources” to support DEI programs or DEI officers. The bill mandates annual assessments of “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at each of the campuses, based on […]

Anti-DEI bill seeks to remove ‘trauma-informed approach’ for Kentucky schools from state law

BY: - January 16, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill aimed at preventing education funding to go to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging frameworks in K-12 schools would also remove language protecting “trauma-informed” methods in Kentucky schools if the bill remains unchanged as it makes its way through the General Assembly.  Part of recently-filed Senate Bill 93 from Sen. Stephen Meredith, […]

U.S. House Republicans probe DEI policies in the military

BY: - January 12, 2024

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. House lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, conducted a hearing Thursday to examine the possibility that “wokeness” hurts U.S. military readiness and effectiveness. The winding, over two-hour hearing by a subpanel of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability broached topics including, but not limited to, recruitment, benefits for […]

COMMENTARY

OMG not DEI

BY: - January 10, 2024

Listen up, people. It’s time to get woke to the real victims. Untold Kentuckians are suffering from exposure to “concepts.” Not just any concepts. DIVISIVE concepts. Ideas that cause discomfort, guilt, anguish, psychological distress, deep dark depression, excessive misery and possibly premature hair loss in white males. What’s inflicting these horrors? DEI.  No, not do […]

Kentucky Senate leader files bill to curb ‘divisive concepts’ in public higher education

BY: - January 4, 2024

FRANKFORT — Employees and students could sue public universities and colleges in Kentucky on grounds they were discriminated against for rejecting “divisive concepts” defined in a new bill introduced in the Kentucky legislature. Senate Bill 6 says students and employees whose claims are successful could be awarded up to $100,000.  The sponsor, Senate Majority Whip Mike […]