Kansas lawmakers advance university DEI ban

Legislators in Kansas advanced a bill Thursday prohibiting public universities from using diversity, equity, and inclusion ideology in hiring, admissions, and student aid.

The state House passed the bill 81-39, just one week after the Kansas Senate passed a $25 billion budget that includes a provision requiring state universities to eliminate their DEI training mandates and programs.

The schools would have to provide proof of compliance before receiving certain funding, and the state would withhold $35.7 million from its six public universities until they reported to the legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS) that they have complied.

“As DEI has expanded, it has created tension,” Republican state Rep. Steven Howe, author of the House bill, said, according to the Kansas Reflector. “Instead of a merit-based approach, universities have chosen to embrace ideologies which discriminate
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