Is this why college is so expensive? Pending bill would slash $100K annually – or they COULD just eliminate the entire $8 Million!
Despite student protests, Tennessee legislators have begun pulling funds away from the University of Tennessee’s “Office of Diversity and Inclusion” program.
HB 2248 will strip away $100,000 a year, but another pending bill, SB1902, would eliminate the entire $8 million in state funds from TU’s diversity program. In addition, the bill shuts the door on a potential loophole by prohibiting employees whose primary duties are not diversity-related from “participating in diversity, multicultural, or sustainability programs” during work hours.
“Diversity is what makes UT a home for us, and if we don’t stand up and talk with our legislators and let them know we’re here, then we could lose what we have and we don’t want that to happen,” UT student Ann Tharpe told Insight Into Diversity.
“I have a class with 80 percent white males, and I think that as a university we should be encouraging diversity for all,” added fellow student David Marsh.
From Knoxville News: NASHVILLE — A bill that would strip the University of Tennessee of $100,000 a year in state funding for certain diversity and inclusion operations began advancing in a House subcommittee Tuesday — but on a separate track than a similar effort underway in the state Senate.
House Bill 2248 as originally filed by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Johnson City, would strip all state funding from UT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. But Van Huss entered the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday afternoon with an amendment that would take $100,000 a year for the next three years away from UT and use it instead to pay for decals bearing the national motto “In God We Trust” on law enforcement vehicles.
The amendment would also prohibit UT from using any state funds “to promote the use of gender-neutral pronouns, Sex Week or to promote or demote a religious holiday.” The committee approved the amendment and moments later, the bill, on an unrecorded group voice vote.
The Senate Education Committee on March 2 recommended stripping $8 million from the UT budget for diversity and inclusion operations and reroute it to agricultural extension and other rural outreach programs. That proposal still must be considered by the Senate Finance Committee.
Read more at From Knoxville News.
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